Artist: Carmina Correa
Exhibition: A Beach In Symmetry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist:
Carmina Cottea, is a transfer student who is working hard toward BFA undergrad degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture. She transferred from Cypress CC and she is from Anaheim. She shared that she was born and raised in California. She is a senior and is currently a California State University of Long Beach Student. As for her future goal, she wants to work in fabrication. What spark her interest was drawing and her parent helped her and when it comes to creating projects, it comes natural to her. The exhibition was created by two others people, named Sam Megdeltos and Nick O’ Connell. I did not get to interviewed Sam and Nick because they are busy.
Carmina Cottea, Sam Megadeltos and Nick O Connell creation of A Beach in Symmetry, has major parts. Each of them has their own piece that they put together. Carmina shared that Sam did two pieces, Nick did 3 pieces, and she did 2 pieces of the exhibition. She did the confession box (untitled) and the sugar piece (untitled). The meaning behind confession box was that she Pilipino American and grew up in a family who is Catholic. Inside the confession box, there’s a lot of teddy. She said that the confession box represents the exploration of her own culture and history. Also the stuff animals that was inside the box is a casual thing that when you are sad. You can talk to the stuff animal or confession can happen. Also it not just a religion thing, but can be casual thin. She mentioned that internet can be a form of confession. She built the confession by herself. Another art piece that she created was the sugar piece (untitled). The sugar piece represents that she’s a type 2 diabetic. She even shared that “sugar to her mind is colonializing and following with disease and follows with Americans.” Also like when the Spanish colonizing the Philippine. Lastly, she shared that the result of human cognition. Manifestations within that psyche create layered intrapersonal voids, which leads to an internal guidance system, and simultaneously conflict dialogue. She mentioned that voids can acknowledge this types of age. Her statement on void is in the airplane and knowing what inside the airplane, but not knowing the outside of you, unawareness of information outside.
Carmina’s project is about her personal story and creating this amazing art piece. She shares that Sam, Nick and her came up with the idea was because they were reading a lot of articles and analyzing it. It was in one their classes requirement for the BFA and it called Seminar and Time Based Art. It took her from between Thursday to Sunday morning to finish the project. She was working hard so she did not get to leave the campus. She created two things from the whole project with two of her friend. She created the confession box and the sugar. The teddy that was inside the box were stuff animals. She infers that when you are feeling sad you can talk to the teddy and does not have to be a religion thing.
When I was entering the gallery, I was amazed from looking at their artwork. From watching the video of the airplane and the pilot was controlling the airplane, I thought it was cool. I wish that Sam and Nick can be here with Carmina to explained their artwork together. Besides, I think the confession box was cool. I was surprised of some of the teddy bears that was inside that confession box. Those teddy bears that was inside are similar to what I have at home. Sometimes, I also talk to my teddy bear. Mostly, I talked to family about problems and things I feel sad, happy, or mad about. I inspired the artist that she was able to create great ideas of the sugar piece and the confession box.