Artist: Lesdy Sainz
Exhibition: Little Lesdy
Media: Coffee, paint, water
Gallery: CSULB Student Gallery, Gatov Gallery-East
Lesdy is an undergraduate student at the CSULB School of Art. She is an illustration major and absolutely adores it. Accompanying that, there is an animation aspect of the degree that she says is, “interesting, but I feel like I would rather make paintings and drawings.” Lesdy enjoys playing beach volleyball, hiking, dancing, rollerskating, and watching movies. Some of her art reflected roller derby, so I had to ask if that was the kind of rollerskating she fancied. She replied that it was and the reason is because she likes the competitive aspect of it. A lot of her work includes caricature, and cartoon like drawings as well.
A loft of her work includes a very cartoonish feel. I thought it was quite nice since there was a fair amount of levity surrounding the pieces. The way that Lesdy draws creates a feeling that is not too serious about her pieces. Though there are some that are meant to be quite serious, the line structure of them gives off a vibe that only allows it to be somewhat serious. I really appreciate the fact that she doesn’t use a lot of different colors in her work. The reasoning behind this is that it gives the work a different background for each. Even her pieces that are very abstract and complex still contain a sort of setting behind them. Also, she tends to use a lot of rounded lines in her work. This tends to give off a feeling that is not as tense as other work i’ve witnessed this semester.
When talking to Lesdy about her work, one interesting tidbit that she exposed was that she liked to base her work around the things she had never done before, as well as past experiences. Knowing this, I gained a sort of interest for each piece. After asking her about many individual drawings, I tended to notice that that most were based around a thought or a time in which there was an emotion that ensnared her subconscious. For the most part though, it felt as if Lesdy was attempting to explore the concept that you can always convey a thought or scene into a work of art.
In its entirety, I was captivated by Lesdy’s exhibition. It really captured the level of abstract that I like to see in art, but incorporated the ideas of whimsical looking animated figures. In terms of the ideas, I really like that we both shared some common ground. I tend to create art that is based on thought and things that have not happened. Witnessing firsthand art that was based on the level of otherworldly that I tend to think about was wonderful. Keep on creating things like this, Lesdy.They stand out, keeps people interested, and contain just the right amount of wrong.