Week Fifteen – Artist Conversation – Lourdes Martinez

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This week in the Werby Gallery Lourdes Martinez showcased one of her very unique pieces from her show “Figment”. The materials used were wood forming the base, glass, and what looked like paper in the glass. Immediately I was reminded of stained glass or color swatches because of the different colored squares. This piece looked like something a rich house would have placed in their wall with a spot light, it just reads sophisticated to me.

Lourdes is a senior at CSULB and is majoring in photography. She was inspired by a picture she saw from NASA that is of Earth from very, very far away. She wanted to bring to our attention how insignificant our planet and lives are and this picture truly depicts how what may seem like our “whole world” is just a white dot when placed in another scale. This picture was taken in 1990 and she found it on google, she took a picture of it with her camera, printed it out, glued it to a transparency, and placed it in the glass.

I am taking astronomy this semester so coincidentally our insignificance in comparison to space has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever I think about it I have to force myself to think of other things because it truly baffles me. I love that at first glance you would not know the weight that this piece carries but once explained it is an explosion of realization and thought. We as human beings need a reality check from time to time and this is honestly a ten on the scale of reality checks. It basically reminds you to not get too big for your britches but it is not belittling you or putting you down. Unfortunately, she does not have a website which really makes me sad because off of just this one piece she is an artist I will be talking about for a while.

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