About the Artist: For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Alice Andreini. Alice is an undergraduate art student at CSULB. She stated that in her art, she views the world a little differently. She stated that her concerns was with mythologies of scientific progress and the eschatological ideologies engrained in industrialism and capitalism. Alice also stated that some of the things she loves to do in her free time is thinking of new things to draw, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. When talking to Alice, one could tell that she’s a critical thinker and an intelligent individual.
Formal Analysis: While looking at the design of the painting, I was in awe at the amount of detail presented in the illustration. I liked how she represented all the different types of colors, while being extremely precise throughout the painting. Alice seems to be drawing something that she either is extremely interesting in, or something that hit home with her and needed to express that with her audience.
Context Analysis: While talking to Alice, I can tell that her work is about how the landscape has framed the ideologies of a culture, in America. This framing supports an expression of a transcendental utopianism where nature is presented as an uncontaminated “truth” even though it has already been appropriated and articulated as a body of symbols. In her paintings, she is addressing the constructs and seductions of the pictured landscapes.
Self Analysis: While looking at this art gallery, it made me want to look at society differently and be more aware by what is going on in our society, as well as internationally as well. I have been privileged enough to travel to parts of Africa and South America and realized how lucky and fortunate we really are. That being said, I tend to forget about that because of the obstacles presented in front of me regarding school or everyday life that I forget to take a step back and realize how good I have it. That being said, it is also important to have a helping hand and contribute to society in whatever way one can.