Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Carmina Correa

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Artist: Carmina Correa

Exhibit: C12H22O11

Media: Molds and food

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi

About the Artist

Carmina Correa lives in Anaheim, California. She is currently a senior and getting a BFA in Sculpting at CSULB. She is type two diabetic, which was her inspiration for her gallery. Her hobbies all relate to art, but if she is not creating art, she plays video games and going outside into nature.

Formal Analysis

The gallery was fairly simple consisting of lollipops surrounding the room, a black and green peron-shaped object in the center, and two ramen packages in each corner, coated what looks like to be honey. There are lollipops next to the door which spells out sugar in the chemical formula (C12H22O11). Each lollipop surrounding the room were red and packaged in a plastic bag, along with a blood sugar tester I believe inside each lollipop.

Content Analysis

This exhibit was inspired by Carmina’s experience as a Type 2 diabetic. The ramen packages represent economic problems some people face. Although she wants to eat healthier, she cannot afford to, so she eats whatever is convenient which are packets of ramen, which aren’t healthy as a whole. The black mold in the middle of the room is a 3D mold scan of her body, while the green mold is the product of it, composed of what looks like to be sugar.

Synthesis/My experience

I was drawn to this gallery because of its simplicity and also the code listed as the statement of the gallery. I recognize the code as something that looks to be C format for Arduino. The gallery as a whole though, the simplicity of it is great and sends a nice message about the consumption of sugar and diabetes. There’s a balance where you need to have enough sugar, but not too much to cause problems, but also not too little. As another thing I noticed on the gallery, I was convinced it was real sugar all over because there were ants on floor picking up pieces. Ants are attracted by food, but also sugar.

 

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