Week 4 Artist Conversation

Artist: May Ta

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Digital media and ink jet printer

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: In Progress

Instagram: maypta


About the Artist

May Ta is currently a senior student who attends California State University of Long Beach. She is working hard to earn a bachelor’s degree in Art/Illustration. She worked her way up in life. First she grew up in Vietnam with her family who were scientists. Her family was not entirely on board of her being an artist, but then they realized that it is her passion, and she went for it.

Formal Analysis

May Ta created several pieces of art and displayed it at the Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery. One of the pieces that she created was The Windows, 2016. She used digital media and an ink jet printer to create the six windows. Each window tells a story about an individual(s) that lives within the premises of that window. Each window frame captivates the personal life and space of an individual. The space that surrounds people always tells a different story. People tend to come across a phase in life that is lonesome. The idea of being alone takes the space that surrounds us, and when people feel alone they feel darkness hovering around them and emptiness inside, until people let others be a part of their lives. As a result, intimacy is established.

Content Analysis

The Windows that May Ta created shows a total of six individual window frames. The window frame that is on the upper left corner shows a man who does not have a shirt on. The side of his back is exposed to the observer. The exposed man is alone in a room surrounded by darkness. This window gave a creepy and dark vibe, but this goes to show that darkness tends to surround individuals from time to time. On the upper right corner there is someone who appears to be hiding behind curtains. All that the audience can see is arms. The idea of hiding is common amongst humans, yet there is always a desire for closure, and that is what the arms represent. In the middle section, to the left side, there is a boy wearing a white T-shirt looking straight ahead. Behind the boy it is pitch black, yet there are arms trying to wrap around the boy’s upper body. Once again closure is represented with this young boy. In the middle section, to the right, there is an empty room and on the wall there is a picture frame hanging. Emptiness is demonstrated in this window. Emptiness is a part of people’s lives whether it occurred in the past, present, or it is yet to come. Either way emptiness is inevitable to people’s lives. At the bottom section, to the left, the audience can see the shadows of two people sitting together at a table. Letting people into our lives makes us spend time and communicate amongst each other. As a result, the loneliness is casted way from out lives. The very last window, at the bottom right, shows a white vase with a couple of black flowers on top of a table. On the right there is someone’s hand laying on top of the same table. There is also another person right there on the left but the audience can only see the other person’s shadow. Even though we let people into our lives we can still have shadows and darkness in our lives; however, the darkness is not a huge as it was when people are alone.

Synthesis/My Experience

I found the whole idea about space, intimacy, and personal life all combined amazing. I was astonished of how the windows reminded me of a doll house. When children play with dolls inside a doll house, they give the characters (dolls) a story. When I told May Ta about this, she grew a smile on her face and said in a sense yes. Children put their dolls in a dolls house and have a story for each of them. They have a mother, father, kids, and all of them are planning to do a surprise birthday party for grandma. Children create stories to those who are living in the space of the doll house; whereas, each home tells a story of their own, whether it is about our friend, neighbor, or a stranger. A home can be filled with emptiness, despair, intimacy, and happiness. We can see the lives of others if we peek into their window. That’s why May Ta made The Windows look realistic because she wants us to feel like if we were looking into a real window and see the space that she created. In addition, she wanted us to take into account the room (the space) of the exhibit to make an even more powerful statement of space being in a mental and literal state. I found this very beautiful because she made it her art look real. Then when I turned away from the art I realized that I was in a room of my own (the exhibit). The whole concept was pure genesis.



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