Americana-themed hand-crafted sculptures, furniture, and wall hangings. Otto uses found materials to create her work.
A Quaker childhood in small town America, the flea markets of Los Angeles, a 6th grade valentine—these are a few of the poignant inspirations in the artwork of Ramona Otto. A native of Grinnell, Iowa, resident of Los Angeles since 1987, Ramona Otto’s artistic career began on a dare from her husband, challenging her to create something out of a flea market find. What has resulted is a whimsical journey of artistic output that reflects Otto’s love of American history, vintage furniture, and handmade arts.
Created from hundreds of found objects and recycled materials, Otto’s art is rooted in traditional Americana themes such as flags, hearts, and hands. On the back of each piece one finds a “Treasure List” that narrates the history of each element. Artwork on display include a bookshelf constructed from vintage schoolhouse rulers, a dresser collaged from recycled tin cans, a table created of Scrabble pieces, as well as a sampling of over 20 years of handmade valentine’s to her husband. Despite having no formal art school training, Ramona’s artworks are imaginative and witty expressions that capture the delight of secret surprises and rediscovered treasures.