Third-year visual arts student Ciara Molumby has been drawing for as long as she could remember, fueled by her creative upbringing with heavy exposure to the arts and frequent visits to museums. Now, at 20 years old, she has learned to use her own experiences and nostalgia to create unique pieces as she works to obtain her degree.
“I think I started taking it seriously in late high school, when I got more involved in the art program and went to my first portfolio review,” she said. “Once I set art school as a goal, creating felt like more than just my hobby.”
Ciara enjoys working with pen, ink and collage mediums. She has also been developing an appreciation for printmaking, specifically silkscreen.
“What I love the most about it is that there’s a lot of room for mixed media,” she said regarding the printmaking process.
She is always listening to music as she creates, and often incorporates song lyrics into her work, drawing inspiration from whatever music she is listening to at the time. She also likes to look at movies to inspire her.
“I’ve been really taken with Japanese animation,” she said. “I’m always looking at what other people are making, from famous artists to what I see online and the creative community here!”
One of Ciara’s favorite recent pieces is a series of digital silkscreen prints titled “oH gOd!” She was excited to work with this new process and the vibrant colors. Another selection was an oil painting of a shoebox diorama she made of a bedroom that she spent over a month on.
“Both of these pieces felt more like play than work,” she reflected. “They are each really personal, authentic and representative of who I am, which is really cool!”
To check out more of Ciara’s art, you can follow her art page on Instagram, @pictureofycursalad.