The Common Denominator is Art

By Patrick Monreal, James Pratt, Jacqueline Pompa, and Emily Nagamoto

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  • Delf's sculpture is an interpretation of a woman on her knees, a figure that has frequented her art pieces in the past, and one she thought will continue to be a part of her art.
    LBCC art student Vivadine Delfs' sculpture is an interpretation of a woman on her knees, a figure that has frequented her art pieces in the past, and one she thought will continue to be a part of her art.
  • Leaning over her sketchbook, Renae Pollack, a sophomore at LBCC, marks her page as she creates the Joker and Harley Quinn for a class project.
    Leaning over her sketchbook, Renae Pollack, a sophomore at LBCC, marks her page as she creates the Joker and Harley Quinn for a class project.
  • Delfs said she wanted to channel her own struggles with her body image into her art, as well as use it to make herself more comfortable with her own body.
    LBCC art student Vivadine Delfs said she wants to channel her own struggles with her body image into her art, as well as use it to make herself more comfortable with her own body.
  • Renae Pollack, a sophomore at LBCC, dots her page as she completes a class project in the art style of stippling.
    Renae Pollack, a sophomore at LBCC, dots her page as she completes a class project in the art style of stippling.

On Wednesday afternoon, students at Long Beach City College had the opportunity to hear freshman Vivadine Delfs sing outside while she sculpted. Meanwhile, inside the Nordic Lounge, sophomore Renae Pollack huddled around a large notebook with a daunting collection of pencils and sharpies. Despite their apparent differences upon first glance, they are united by one thing: art.

Smoothing the clay under her fingers, Delfs, is shaping an interpretation of a woman on her knees in an attempt to make people more comfortable with nudity and their bodies. Her inspiration came from issues with her own past.

“Art is the only thing that makes sense to me,” Delfs said. For her, art is a way to escape the real world so she can focus on the complicated emotions that come to her. “I don’t put much thought into my work.”

“A lot of my art are from traumas,” Delfs said.

She wanted to channel her own struggles with her body image into her art, as well as use it to make herself more comfortable with her body.

“I have a lot of issues with my mother,” Delfs said. “When things were rough with my mother, I noticed that most of my work were mostly fetuses and motherly figures.”

While Delfs was finishing her sculpture of a kneeling woman, Pollack continued to sketch back in the lounge.

“This one in particular is a stippling project,” Pollack said. “Stippling is basically just a form of shading.”

Leaning over her sketchbook, Pollack continued stippling the Joker and Harley Quinn for a class project. Stippling is the style of art where pictures are formed from dots.

Pollack has practiced all forms, having no preference over traditional, digital, or graphic art. Also being free flowing with her subjects, she waited for inspiration to strike her, and in this case, found her topic from fan art.

“I let it come to me and I draw whatever,” she said.

Stabbing away at her notebook, Pollack said stippling is not her favorite medium.

“It’s a real pain for me because it’s, well, a bunch of dots and I get cramps in my hands,” she said.

Pollack is actually an aspiring business owner, hoping to do some graphic design and freelance work. She plans to attend a university soon to achieve her goals.

“I’m probably still going to be in school doing a double major at Cal State Long Beach or Cal State LA,” Pollack said. “I just love art in general; it’s something I’ve always loved to do, and that’s the reason why I want to double major in it. I love to draw, design things and animate.”

Delfs has a different future in mind.

“My main goal is to get a van and just live in the forest for a while,” she said.

Unlike Pollack, she plans to lay back and focus on her message.

Many bystanders took interest in Delfs’ work.

“I found it interesting that she was connected to nature and used that as an inspiration for her artwork,” said onlooker Alyssa Boedigheimer.

Two community college students sharing the same passion, Delfs and Pollack’s views on art and life could not be any different. While Pollack stands up and looks ahead, Delfs lives for the present, taking things slow and enjoying the landscape as she drives on by.

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