Artist: Carly Lake and May Ta
Media: Chair, frames, letters, shoes, bed, ink, digital, wasp, water color, art acrylic paints
Gallery: Interactive Art Gallery (Maker’s gallery)
Website: Working on Website
About the Artist
Two artist worked on Closer, but unfortunately only one was at the gallery showing. I had the privilege to meet May Ta who is a senior that transferred from Cal State Fullerton because Cal State Long Beach has the strongest public art department, she is now pursing a degree in illustrations. Growing up May was always surrounded by science, her parents wanted her and her siblings to follow a degree in science. She would always be intrigued and drawn to art, but her parents would always redirect her to science. Going into college she was originally majoring in engineering. Although she was pursuing engineering her love for art couldn’t stop and changed her major to illustration. Her parents didn’t approve at first but started seeing how much she loved art and accepted her pursuit for art.
May’s art work was in the (gallery name) which consisted of a bunch of art work posted around the room depicting loneliness. The gallery was also suppose to represent a dead artist’s room, which was allowed by the audience to see the personal belongings of this dead artist. The audience were suppose to see the art from right to left to see the full story that they were trying to portray. Placed at the center of the room were a chair with shoes tied together sitting on the chair, a little stool table with frames and letters, and a canvas stand. Near the center of the room laid a bed with a blanket full of love letters they had, with unfinished sketches of people getting ready to have sex.
The Closer, was May’s way of bringing the audience into an artist’s room who died alone. She was trying to portray that everyone is always alone especially when you die. So you should accept who you are and be happy with all the flaws and unique qualities you have while you still can. She said she was in content with being alone. She believes that you need to be by yourself in order to connect with others. If you accept yourself you are able to be happy with other people because you aren’t scared to show people who you are. She believes the true meaning of being alone is when you’re with people who make you feel unwelcome. Another deep meaning she was trying to portray was the idea of love. She believes that the most intimate you can get with someone is through their mind because you really see who they are and really get connected with the real them. That is why they had glued love letters onto the blanket. They had a lot of messages in the art they were showing to get people to feel more connected to their art. One student asked her what her favorite drawing was and she said it was the one with the guy opening the door and him being in his own shadow. She says that she sees that everyone is trapped in their own insecurities physically and mentally.
Synthesis / My Experience
Going into Carly and May’s gallery, i was confused to what the theme was because of the way the gallery was laid out. After walking around and seeing all the paintings i started to see the idea of loneliness and love. I was able to relate to this gallery because growing up i felt alone. I was in a family of 7 but my mom would never let me do anything or make any friends because she thought the neighborhood was too rough. she would only want me to spend time with my siblings but they were always out, so i was always by myself. I never really made any friends till 5th grade, but that helped me see who i was and how to accept who i was and who i would become. That’s why i was able to relate to her idea of being in content with being by yourself and accepting who you are. It was a great gallery that i enjoyed and it helped me realize that there are other people who see the idea of loneliness as i do.