DMA160|Spring2019

Week 9 - Guest Speaker Kaitlin Bryson

        This week, we are lucky to have Kaitlin Bryson as our guest speaker who gave a presentation of works in class. Studied Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, she is currently an artist residing in the high deserts of New Mexico. Spending her life in the high deserts as an artist as well as an organic farmer, nature has been the recurring theme of many of Bryon’s art works.

Week 8 - Water and Sound

        In the previous week, we visited the ArtSci Center at the Nanosystems Institute here at UCLA and experienced the interactive installation “Noise Aquarium,” which right away reminds me of an artwork by British contemporary artist Isaac Julien. His 2014 installation art Ten Thousand Waves became an instant masterpiece following its successful premier at MoMA New York.

Week 5 - Further Research on Microplastic Wastes

        What are microplastics? According to the National Ocean Service, microplastics, in a nutshell, are “small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life.” Generated from health and beauty products such as certain cleansers and toothpastes, microplastics come from our daily life and could potentially have a huge impact on our environment. Generally speaking, microplastics are tiny plastic detritus that can be easily ignored by the people.

Week 4 - Book Hunting at LAABF 2019

The annual LA Art Book Fair organized by Printed Matter’s was held in mid-April at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with 390 exhibitors from over 30 countries. I was glad that I had the opportunity to be exhibiting my works and tabling our department’s booth on the opening night. LAABF 2019 serves not only as a community for art book enthusiasts but also a site for dialogue and exchange around all facets of art publishing.

Gene Therapy

Retinitis pigmentosa is a form of blindness due to retinal dystrophy caused by a mutation in the RPE65 gene. This gene is found on chromosome 1 and provides instructions for making a protein that is involved in the visual cycle and converts light into electrical signals. When incoming light hits photosensitive pigment in the retina, 11-cis retinal (vitamin A) changed int all-trans retinal.

Week 9

Week nine, I continued to work on my final project with all the feedback I have received. At this point I did fully commit to changing my project from a book project to making collectible cards for mushrooms. I did this because I felt that doing cards was actually more intriguing that simply a book.

Final Project

In an effort to address the harmful effects of mass production and electronic waste in our societies today, my project focuses on sustainable DIY electronics. DIY projects are one way to reduce our consumption of products and lower our footprint on environmental damage. DIY projects often use materials you've already purchased or are immediately available and producing these projects often doesn't require the resources used in a large scale industry. However many DIY projects, especially DIY electronics, are not sustainable or environmentally friendly.

Week 8: Final Project Update

My final project for this class has been a really great process and experience so far. I have done a lot of research on current methods of packaging including chemical hazards, landfill waste, and resource conservation issues. I still have to dive into finding solutions for packaging that are durable, natural, and last long. So far, I am thinking about using the betel leaf or banana leaf as a means to wrap and store food. The banana leaf has many great properties and is durable to hold food. In south Indian culture, the banana leaf is primarily used to serve and hold food.

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