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Contemporary Bay Area Artist Featured in Shasta College Art Gallery

The recent exhibit in the art gallery at Shasta College’s art department featured the work of Bay-area artist Rosana Castrillo Diaz. There were a wide variety of works previously exhibited in the art gallery, all works by Diaz of several different styles. Ranging from large to small, from installation to illustration, the style is unique to Diaz’s work. It would seem that the main theme that she explored was texture and consistency.

Upon entering the gallery, the first works that one saw were several Plexiglas boxes encasing mica and rice paper, crumpled and scrunched up in a random and seemingly pattern less way. To the left there was a large installation of white quilt batting bunched together in a large heap, with many strands hanging down.

Parallel to that was a work that appears to be like large wings of a dragonfly or from a distance, possibly foamy sea bubbles. Upon closer inspection one could see that the installation was simply strands of transparent tape circles all stuck together. Among the other installations were two Plexiglas boxes that contained cotton and linen squares arranged in very structured and also very random patterns.

If one walked further back into the gallery, one would see the collection of watercolor works on paper. From a distance it was difficult to tell if anything was even on the paper, but upon closer inspection one could see the texturing built up by white water colors on white paper. Clearly, the focus with these works was the buildup of texturing the white paint with the white background. The brush strokes created a number of different textures and patterns, some appearing similar to grasses or waves, some very nautical in appearance.

Easily the most detailed of all the works by Diaz in the gallery were her black and white graphite illustrations on white paper. Several of the illustrations were what appeared to be the side profile of a stack of papers and notebooks, one appearing to be just a stack of papers. Another pair of drawings were what appeared to be bunches of rubber bands stuck together in a random clump, but each one of the rubber bands shaded to highlight the detail of each one.

In addition to those was a drawing of a small piece of the crumpled rice paper in her installations, with the shadows and crinkles of the subject matter very skillfully rendered. All of her illustrations were done so skillfully that at first glance if I had not noticed the background shading I would have mistook them for photographs.

For art aficionados and interested students alike, come into the art department’s gallery whenever an artist or exhibit is featured and see some interesting works like these for yourself. The gallery regularly changes the art on display every few months or so, so come see the art while it’s still there! The art gallery is open and free to all students from the hours of 8 in the morning to 7 in the evening, directly across from the library.

Reporting for the Lance, Zach Arnott

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