Through objects of our past, and exercises that conjure our subconscious, we will seek our personal mythologies. The fabric of our lives can be made of invisible threads, but by impulsive drawing and daily mindfulness, we can begin to see the characters and backdrops that contain us. Through self-portraiture, expressive figure drawing, visual journaling, and comics we will be exploring a method of storytelling that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images.
Mara Ramirez received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2019. She has taught art lessons in various art studios and private homes throughout Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area since 2013. She has worked with ages ranging from 3 year olds at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center at Fort Mason, ages 5-12 at Artifact and Scribbles and Giggles in North Bay, teenagers in the Young Artist Program at SFAI, to people in their sixties in private homes throughout the Bay Area.
She is a core founder of Freak Comics, an independent self-publishing Bay Area comics collective that curates, edits, and prints bi-monthly anthologies, as well as their own personal work. Freak Comics has tabled at local and international independent comics events such as Comics Art Brooklyn. She has been in over 15 group shows in the Bay Area in the past three years. She has shown in many spaces including the Diego Rivera Gallery, The Convent, and many D.I.Y. spaces throughout San Francisco and Oakland.
Her comics are mainly autobiographical, and concern matters of intimacy, trauma, and healing. Her work is experimental, playing with abstraction, color, and the action of mark making as a means of clarifying her own experiences through the filter of emotion and memory. These stories range in content: existentialism, sexuality, gender, and mental illness are some of the topics that have emphasis.