Art 110-Melissa Passarelli

Wk9 -Art Care Package – Melissa Passarelli

For my Art Care Package, I decided to send it to my cousin in Riverside because we have always been so close in the past but since the last 5 years we have only seen each other once because we live far away from eachother and our families do not hang out as much as before. I decided to send photos that my family and I took when we went on vacation to Cancun. I decided to send those pictures because my cousin and her family do not really go out of town at all so I wanted her to see how cool it is to meet different places around the world.

  1. Sending an ACP is similar to sending someone a snapchat because both of them are sharing things with another person.
  2. Sending an ACP is different from sending someone a snapchat because an ACP contains more work that is put into it than a snapchat.
  3. I think ephemera is cool and different because it gains value over time and you will be able to look back and remember someone who sent you something that you still have today.
  4. There is a difference of how people see art so maybe someone can see a persons art that was sent as not cool or interesting while other people see it as cool and fun.
  5. The time that the person will eventually get the ACP shows just how much effort people are willing to do in order for another person to receive the ACP and enjoy it. An ACP is much slower than a snapchat which can be a good thing because it will be worth it and the person receiving it will be surprised that it was sent and the time that it took to send will be more meaningful to them. A snapchat is much faster than a ACP which can be better because there are less chances of getting lost and can be seen at the exact moment that you send it so they can experience what you’re feeling at the same time.
  6. Preparing a meal with love from a McDonald’s drive thru is not “preparing a meal with love” because they give the food really fast and sometimes it is already prepared that it doesn’t mean the same as actually cooking and preparing a mean for someone. Similar to an ACP, sending a snapchat does not have the same love as sending an ACP because and ACP contains more time and effort and that’s all that matters.

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Daniel Bonilla Vera and Dalia Banuelos


Exhibition Information

Artist: Daniel Bonilla Vera and Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: photography, fabric, yarn

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery


Instagram: @dbvqp

About the Artist

Unfortunately, we only got to interview Daniel Bonilla because Dalia Banuelos was not present. Daniel Bonilla is an undergraduate student at CSULB majoring in photography. He transferred from the College of the Sequoias in San Joaquin Valley. Daniel works in a full-time job while attending CSULB. He wants to attend the BFA Photography program in order to continue doing photography so he has recently submitted an application for his second attempt to get in since he has gotten rejected his first time that he applied.

Formal Analysis

The gallery was dark while the entrance was covered with black curtains in order to maintain it dark enough to attract the student’s attention. It contained many photographs that were all taken by Daniel and Dalia. The photographs were all around the wall and straight ahead was a big masterpiece that caught everyone’s attention. There were many photographs attached to each other with yarn and a “person” kneeled down in front of it while another “person” was laying down in the corner of the gallery.

Content Analysis

The gallery was made by Daniel and Dalia in order to show how much anger and sadness they felt when they were rejected into the BFA Photography program. Their art is an act of rebellion in order to show that they are talented and do belong in the program. The two people who were displayed in the gallery was included to signify Daniel and Dalia hunched over as a sign of sadness and feeling rejected. The yarn that connects the photographs is very thin and fragile which signifies how they are now after the rejection as if the yarn was cut, everything would fall apart.

Synthesis/My Experience

As I walked in the gallery, it caught my attention because the piece that they have created catches people’s attention including myself. It made me curious about what the gallery is about and I knew I had to know more about it. I really liked this gallery because it is different and the meaning behind it is different that many art galleries that we have seen in CSULB. I admire Dalia and Daniel for believing in themselves and knowing that they are talented and should be admitted into the program. The gallery demonstrates how much getting into the program means to them and how passionate they are about their art and that’s all that matters.

Wk8 – Sketching in the Garden – Melissa Passarelli

This week we drew sketches of the Japanese garden. In the first picture, I did the 5 minute drawing and unfortunately I did not finish because I ran out of time from the 5 minutes. In the second picture, I uploaded the 10 30-second drawings. They did not come out very good because I am personally not good under pressure so they came out like a cartoon garden. I enjoyed this assignment because I never been in the Japanese garden in CSULB so I found it to be very relaxing while drawing.

Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Megan


This week I had the chance to meet Megan for the classmate conversation. For the first question of the week, she decided to share art from a museum that she has recently gone to in Seattle. She stated that the museum contains glass everywhere like a glass ceiling and it was really cool to her because it is very difficult to find it anywhere else. For the second question, she would support her child wanting to pursue an art career because she wouldn’t want them to feel discouraged and feels that even if she didn’t support them, they would still do it anyway. When she opened her phone to the first page, we got to see the apps that she had. She had the defaults scattered around the first page while the downloaded apps were organized in four folders that she named social, finance, tools, and photographs.

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos De Oro

Media: Video, objects, manipulation of objects

Gallery: Gatov Gallery East


Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is in her last year of attending California State University Long Beach while currently in the School of Art’s sculpture Program. She always knew she wanted to major in art but didn’t know which type of art. She comes from Chino, California but was born in Mexico like the rest of her family. In her family, she is the only one that is really into art while her father wanted to become a lawyer. Unfortunately, he did not become a lawyer but a gardener instead which their whole family is still proud of.

Formal Analysis

The gallery consisted of a video, portraits, and gardening tools and machines. It was very unique and the music of the video was loud enough to hear it through the whole gallery which was smart because it catches the audience attention right away. The gallery consisted of lawnmowers that were covered in plastic grass, shovels that were strategically placed, diverse portraits, and a video of a man who signifies her dad with the lawn mower. Some of the objects were covered in gold and some were placed as worn out to signify being used.

Content Analysis

Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s gallery centers around the gold that was used on the gardening machines and tools. Ibarra stated that she used gold to signify that being a hard worker is gold and can be found in everyone instead of just the wealthy. She is very proud of her father being a gardener and all the hard work he puts in it everyday and that being a hard worker is the most important. She mentioned that being a gardener is “reminding us that all hands are made of gold.” Therefore, the reason for her gallery is to show that some jobs like a garderner, are unnoticed and unappreciative of the hard work that is put into it.

Synthesis/My Experience

The reason I chose to choose the “Manos De Oro” gallery is because of the video. First, the video gave me a different perspective of jobs that are unappreciative. Knowing that people work under the sun and work so hard everyday by making someone else’s yard or lawn look good should be respected. Second, the video was playing the song that my family played for my grandfather’s funeral which caught my attention right away. This gallery is inspiring and a reminder of all the people in the world that work so hard.





Wk6 – Zines & Flip Books – Melissa Passarelli


For the flip book I chose to do the moon cycle. This assignment was pretty fun because we get to create whatever we want and it is like writing our own story. It was interesting because there was no specific instructions so we get to start how we want and led it to how and what we want it to be. I decided to take a picture by aligning them instead of putting them together in the flip book because I drew the moons on index cards so it was hard to take a video by flipping them because they would stick together so it wouldn’t show the drawings as well. Overall, I enjoyed drawing and creating my own flip book.

Wk6 – Artist Conversation – Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

Exhibition: Were We Even Here

Media: Drawing and Painting, Embroidery

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East


Instagram: @sheilagarrettrodriguez

About the Artist

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez is currently attending CSULB while completing her Masters in Fine Arts in Fiber Arts. She completed her Bachelor’s in Drawing and Painting but decided to change to Fiber Arts because she was completely amazed with embroidery and found a strong connection to the department. Rodriguez mentioned that she moved around 30 times because her and her family never really owned a home or economic issues but does not plan to move again anytime soon. She stated that as an adult, she mostly stayed in southern states but for the summers she sometimes stayed in a certain place while using the example of Samoa.

Formal Analysis

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez’s art consisted of many paintings, embroidery, a video, and objects. Her project looked like a room because it contained many frames, paintings, and a bed. The painting named “No Trespassing: Borders and Bodies” was the biggest paining in her project. It was a painting of Rodriguez’s back and contained many flowers and a house on her head. An object that she included was a wooden bed named “But it’s Your Grandmother’s Bed” which she strategically placed in the middle.

Content Analysis

Rodriguez explained that each object has a connection and what it means to others. Her main focus of her project is a house. She chose a house because she believes that it is an important part of the communication system through the exchange of values and meanings. Her main focus of a home is the privacy that goes on inside because “we are different within our own house than how we are outside.” She included the bed because it was her grandmothers that moved on to her father which now belongs to Rodriguez. She stated that she placed it int he middle of all her paintings and embroidery because “it is a real identifier of being in the space.” She decided to do a vision of a house because the objects that one contains in their house make statements about who you are and your taste. Her work included the “House for Sale” screen in order to give off an idea of exchange while the colorful flowers that she included is defined as a cultural identifier.

Synthesis/My Experience

The project that Rodriguez created was really captivating and I knew that this was the artist that I wanted to get to know. I think that her idea is creative and different. I related to her work because I agree with her that people are different in their homes than they are outside because that’s how I am. I think being inside your own house. Her art was different and I think many people can relate to it which makes it so different that other projects.

Wk5 – Graffiti Writing – Melissa Passarelli


I really enjoyed this assignment I think it was the funnest one that I have done so far. I used a white cardboard because it was the only cardboard I had. I thought it was going to come out worst because I didn’t have enough room for my whole name so I had to put the letters really closed to each other. First, I wrote the letters with a pencil because I didn’t want to risk messing up because I didn’t have another cardboard. Then, I sprayed the green color by tracing the letters. Lastly, I sprayed the silver on top so that it would stand out more. I had fun using the spray paints that I wanted to keep using them so I put borders around it.

Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

Exhibition Information

Artist: Jane Weibel

Exhibition: Psycho Cycle

Media: Ceramics, Photographs, paint, paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East


Instagram: Janemargarette

About the Artist

Jane Weibel is a student at Cal State Long Beach in her last semester. In the beginning, she was a Biology major but decided to change to become an art major studying in Ceramics because she decided art is what she always wanted to do. Before CSULB, she attended San Diego Mesa College because she that is where she grew up. Weibel described that the

Formal Analysis

In the Psycho Cycle, Jane Weibel, used many materials like ceramics, photographs, string and paper in order to send her message to the students. First, she made a display of a photograph of people’s feet and placed two rocks tied together on top of the photograph. She also made a collection of photographs of girls carrying a rock starting from picking it up from the floor to holding it up. She explained that the photos are all students that attend CSULB as well and they do not contain their faces because she wanted it to be people in general rather than specific people. Lastly, her project contained a big cube made of colorful shredded paper that really made it stand out from her amazing project.

Content Analysis

The Psycho Cycle is Jane Weibel’s first big project and she explained that she feels shy about it. In the colorful cube, she used shredded paper because people use a paper shredder to shred their identity so her project is the same gesture as if someone is erased but it can be interpreted however anyone wants. The Psycho Cycle is also based on the identity of a feminist. She stated that she believes that women do not have the same rights as everyone else by getting “spoken over, objectified, dismissed, stereotyped, shamed, cheated, constrained, repressed, overpowered, manipulated, erased, ignored, and harmed.” An example is the rock tied together that is placed on top of the photo with people’s feet because it demonstrates that women are trapped and someone they are unable to break through it.

Formal Analysis/ My Experience

As soon as I walked through this gallery, I knew that I wanted to meet the artist and talk about this project. I loved the big cube of shredded paper because I love the meaning of how women are being destroyed and I believe that women’s rights are a big issue today and can impact other individuals as well.







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