Friday, March 14, 2014

DEEP THOUGHTS WITH RAMIREZ

I have been trying to put together an artist statement for something and have been really thinking about why I do what I do. And it occurred to me that maybe it was time to share a bit. I tend to joke a lot so I will try to be somewhat serious but I make no promises. So here it goes.

I don’t want to teach you anything.

I don’t want to share my politics/thoughts/or religion with you.

I don’t want to change your mind about anything. Honestly.

All I want is for you to feel.

I want you to look at my work and smile. I want you to look at my sculptures and feel bad for them. I want you to laugh because they are doing something ridiculous. I want you to wonder why they are so angry, crabby, or just plain odd. I want you to feel something because when I look at my favorite pieces in my collection I feel SOMETHING.

This started as a stress relieving hobby and has become so much more. It is a passion now. I love making things. The moment I see that little face looking out at me from the clay is my favorite part of the process. And I hope to continue doing it but mostly I want to get better. I dont take myself too seriously but I am serious about making the best work I can and pushing myself to grow.

So for those of you that look at my work and like or comment I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. For those of you that own something I have made, thank you, thank you. It is hard to let go sometimes but I send each piece off with the hope that they sit in your lives and you look at them and smile. 


V

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

SUPAHCUTE SCIENCE FAIR

This weekend is the Supachute Science Fair! I was a little apprehensive about doing this show but I have to say I am really glad I did it. Probably the most fun pieces I have done so far.



The show will be at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland (see below for address and time). She does have a show preview so be sure to sign up for that, and any inquiries regarding availability can be sent to hello@leannalinswonderland.com. I will be in attendance and look forward to seeing every ones work.

Leanna Lin's Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

OPENING EVENT: Saturday, March 8 with reception from 6-10pm. The show will run through April 27, 2014.



My contribution to the show was the study of a small family of monsters called The Dwellers. I found them in a small corner in my backyard. After spending some time with them I asked if I could study them for a month under controlled conditions and these were my findings.






“The Dwellers” Family of Monsters


SUBJECT #1: The Nervous One The Pooper
OBSERVATIONS: After a month of
observation I found him very anxious and had to 
keep my eye on him because at the slightest 
provocation he would poop.


SUBJECT #2: The Licker
OBSERVATIONS: Immediately, I found that he would 
lick EVERYTHING. The rock, the grass, the glass, and
even my hand as I fed him.


SUBJECT #3: The Happy One
OBSERVATIONS: From day one and all month long he 
never stopped smiling. And he always waved. It was 
sweet at first but quickly became unnerving.


SUBJECT #4: The Crabby One
OBSERVATIONS: He ended up being the most 
entertaining subjects. He would pace, have full arguments 
with himself. And at one point he even got into a fist fight
with himself. He won many staring contests.


SUBJECT #5: The Weirdo The Hairy Guy
OBSERVATIONS: This guy was hairless when I found 
him with the others. He also has horns but they seemed 
to be a family unit so I made him part of the study as 
well. By the time I checked on him the second day his 
hair quickly began to grow and has taken on a life of its 
own. He mostly watched the me interact with the others
growling occasionally.




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SUPAHCUTE KAIJU SHOW!!

This weekend is the Supachute Kaiju Show! If you are familiar with my art you know monsters are a big part of my world. So when I was invited to participate in this show I was like HELL TO THE YES! I have three original sculpts in the show(images below) and from what I have seen there is plenty of other great cute-kaiju goodness.

The show will be at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland (see below for address and time). She does have a show preview so be sure to sign up for that, and any inquiries regarding availability can be sent to hello@leannalinswonderland.com. I will be in attendance and look forward to seeing everyones work.

Leanna Lin's Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
OPENING EVENT: Sat, Jan. 18th, 2014 (6-10pm)

Shurke


Pilus

Peaberry








Wednesday, January 08, 2014

VIVE LA LOLLIGAG!

Starting off the New Year with a custom show. I was asked to do a custom for the Vive La Lolligag show this weekend at Toy Art Gallery and thought I would take the opportunity to change it up a bit. As nervous as I was doing this custom I'm actually quite pleased with the outcome.

The opening reception for “Vive La Lolligag!” takes place on January 11 from 7-10pm. I will be attending and look forward to seeing everyones work. The show runs through February 1.

Also, next weekend is the Supahcute Kaiju Show!  I have three original monsters in the show and will be doing a post on those fellas this weekend. I will also be there so if you are curious what a Mexican Hermit looks like swing by.

Here are images of my custom Lolligag. I call her "The Lady and her Protector"


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GOODBYE 2013

Honestly, I'm not sure what 2014 has in store for me past January. I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. The past few years I have made all of these plans and have had so much trouble following through and that is additional weight I don't need in the new year.

So with that in mind, my only resolution will be to say yes more. By saying yes this year I have had some really fun experiences. And a big thank you goes to Hana Ms Supachute Blog herself. Thanks Hana! I left my cave a few times and had a lot of fun doing it. Looking forward to the show next month and getting Millypus 2.0 out. Very soon!

At the moment I am unsure of what I will be doing moving forward. I am in the middle of reassessing my life goals and preparing for changes that are coming and require more of my attention. I'm sure I will continue to make stuff but I don't know what exactly. I think I am going to branch out a bit from the monsters and explore some other stuff. The only thing I can say definitively is there will be more drawing. That is the only thing I am sure of.

So Happy New Year. Thanks to those of you that have purchased something I have made, clicked like on instagram or FB, or have taken the time to read my Tweets. It means a lot.

All the best,
V

Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BLACK FRIDAY, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND CYBER MONDAY!!

Around this time of year it is important to reflect and be thankful. I am thankful for all kinds of things, and I have a lot to be thankful for. So if you buy at least $50 worth of stuff from my store through Monday December 2nd you will automatically get 20% off your purchase. The coupon is automatic. Thanks again everyone. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OWLS!

Strigie the Owl did so well at DesignerCon that I decided to release a few more since he sold out. I really love this figure and couldn't decide on a color so I have made 5 Reddish Brown and 5 Grey Owls. I will be releasing them in my store www.vanessaramirez.storenvy.com Wednesday (Tomorrow) November 27th at 11AM PST.