We had the good fortune of connecting with Ramona Otto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ramona, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Beyond the love of my family and friends, having a creative outlet is very import to my happiness. Like many other artists, I create because I must. I enjoy the process: the magic of an idea that pops into my head, the gathering of found objects over many years for a major piece, the problem solving to make my vision come to life, and the joy of seeing the finished project after overcoming many creative obstacles.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self-taught artist. My work is often challenging, even with the many years of experience that I have. I keep learning by doing. My pieces are very time consuming, not only in the actual making of the art, but in the hunting and gathering of the materials which can take many years. My art is whimsical with serious references to culture, literature, and political views and social issues. One of my proudest moments has been being recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for my solo retrospective, “Do These Stripes Make Me Look Political.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most of my friends have similar interests to mine. So I would take them to Disneyland and California Adventure. If they were here on a Sunday, I would plan a vintage hunting trip to Pasadena City College Flea Market, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, or Veterans’ Stadium Flea Market in Long Beach. It is always fun to have a Santa Monica/Malibu beach adventure or take a coastal drive. I enjoy going to museums, and I find that many people have not visited the Autry Museum of the West which I find fascinating.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
With a great artist skill set, my dear friend and fellow artist, Nancy Larrew, has been a constant source of good advice, inspiration, and motivation not only to me, but to countless others. Her generosity is in itself an art form.
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