Wk 15-Artist Conversation- Nancy Young

Nancy Young, a CSULB student, is wrapping up her final semester at the university and will be graduating with her BFA in print making. This is Young’s second attempt in shooting for a CSULB degree. Young admits to failing grades as a result to substance abuse and bipolar disorder in 1984 that got her disqualified from the university her first time in college, but was motivated to challenge herself and accomplish her dreams.
Young works in Orange County as a programmer and simply enjoys art as a side passion with no desire for financial gains. Her degree is a symbol of success for her. Nancy Young is a passionate soul, and with extra love for her dogs, who have have supplies her with artistic inspiration. She also adds that this is her final exhibit for the art program at CSULB, and she was especially excited to reveal her recent final work to her supportive family.

Youwng’s exhibit had an obvious focus on black crows. Her work is a reflection of loss and grief after losing her beloved husband nine years ago who continues to be an inspiration to her expressions, and the loss of one of her dogs. Young used various methods within her art . She shares a passion for the true process of her art, and informed her guests with descriptions of each on the wall. A few she presented in her art and explained were intaglio, photopolymers, and lithography; intaglio is a form of etching where the image is etched or incised into a surface and the ink is held in the sunken areas. Photopolymers are played exposed to an photograph using UV lights and tap water. Young likes that this method is non toxic and safe as acids and solvents are not required. Lastly, lithography is a process using a greasy crayon on limestone or aluminum plates, the surface is then etched so that image surface attracts the ink and non image areas repel the ink.

I very much enjoyed Nancy Young’s exhibit, and share a deep appreciation for the various methods she has studied in printmaking. Her quality in work shares great attention to detail. My favorite pieces in Young’s exhibit were the images carved in wood. I liked the texture. I also admired the photopolymers. Although her work expressed grief, the image of a crow still carries a sense of beauty.



Wk 13- Artist Conversations- Tiffany Le


Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tàu

Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Ink, Charcoal and Clayboard

Gallery: Dennis W Dutzi Gallery

Website: letealeaf.prosite.com

Instagram: @letealeaf

Soon to be graduate Tiffany Le will be receiving her MFA in CSULB’s illustration program. She is very excited to wrap up her last year at The Beach to move on to her own studio work. Next to art, Tiffany had a unique hobby of kendo, a form of Japanese martial art that she says is like fencing. She also has two bunnies she loves very much.

Tiffany’s art is inspired by her family’s and the entire Vietnamese community’s struggle to seek refuge and make a home in America. She depicts zodiac animals in her paintings to symbolize the traits associated with the zodiac sign. The many of boats depicted have to do with the Vietnamese community. Because they came by the boats to seek refuge following the Fall of Saigon in 1975 they were called “boat people”, which labeled them as outsiders and brought more difficulties to the Vietnamese people. Tiffany’s work not only captures symbolic interpretation through objects, but the form of art holds her people’s culture.

Of all the exhibitions, I admired Tiffany’s work the most. She claimed to not know much of her people’s history and culture from the start, however her art has given her the ability to explore and share the Vietnamese difficulties. The large boat and many small boats in the center of the room were beautiful and were what initially caught my eye. It made the room a personal environment, like a candle lighting for those Vietnamese who fought every day in hopes of a more prosperous life for their family and themselves.