untitled. is a multimedia art project showcasing the experiences of the Bruin community during COVID-19. We are seeking submissions relating to biweekly themes throughout the quarter. From photography to poetry, all mediums are welcome!
In collaboration with International Education Week (Nov. 16th-20th), the current theme is: Culture + Tradition.
Submit your work by Fri., 11/20th at 10 PM PST: https://tinyurl.com/untitledsubmit
[Image description: A picture of two orange persimmons on a bamboo basket. In the background is the backyard of my grandpa's home with trees and concrete little house.]
Whenever I think of the autumn at home, I think of the persimmon trees. It means good luck in Chinese symbolism, and we used to make little candles out of them when I was little. I didn't think it would be one of the things I miss the most about home until I studied abroad.
[Image description: Two Jack-o-lanterns with orange lights. The left one has moon-shaped eyes with a smile, whilst the right one has triangle eyes with a screaming mouse.]
When I was a kid, my family always carved Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween. We eventually stopped participating in the tradition, but this year I wanted to bring back the tradition. So my sister and I carved Jack-o-lanterns like we did when we were kids!
[Image description: A painting of "Buddha’s eyes" on a red wall. The painting is two giant white eyes with red and orange irises, blue and black eyebrows, and a yellow Urna in the center of the forehead. A orange spiral shape is bellow the eyes. In the foreground, a hand full of paint is holding a paint brush.]
I painted a full-sized wall mural of the Buddha’s eyes at the garden in my partner’s house, upon his request. It is also known as “Wisdom Eyes,” and is very commonly found in Buddhist shrines in Nepal, where half of his family is from.
Representing the omniscience and wisdom of the Buddha, I believe the Buddha eyes are symbolic of how Buddhist philosophy is universal regardless of one’s origins, life path, or beliefs. Buddhism is not a religion per se, but the values and morals it teaches are beautiful and good for everyone to adopt.
I went to a Buddhist high school, albeit one that practices a different type of Buddhism [Jōdo Shinshū] than my partner’s family [Newar Vajrayana]. But just like everything in the universe, we are interconnected.
[Image description: a concrete wall in the middle of a street. In the center of the wall, there is a heart drew with chalk , and there are 10 poloroid pictures in the heart. On the wall, people have used chalk to write their love and memories of Kobe Bryant,]
Kobe Bryant was not only a talented NBA star, but also a symbol of people of color's culture. After Kobe passed away, students at East Los Angeles College wrote why they miss him on the wall. There were words in different languages, as Kobe's influence had reached multiple cultures.
I transferred from ELAC two tears ago, and I was also a peer mentor at ELAC. I totally agree with the sentence at the top of the wall: "You will never die until the last person."
[Image description: A photo of two trays filled with dumplings ready to be cooked.]
My friend taught us how to make dumplings. It was my first time making them by hand and it was so much fun and delicious. They're very common in Chinese festivals and symbolize good fortune.