Zoe Alameda is an LA-based artist with a creative platform she calls “Unradmotions.” She describes it as a “creative platform for emotionally-driven, illustrative, and experimental artworks.” Often creating custom clothing designs, Alameda has been selling a lot of her work as of late on the Unradmotions website. Check out Alameda’s work below and read our interview that follows.
Can you explain to me what exactly Unradmotions is and how it started?
Unradmotions is a creative platform for my emotionally-driven, illustrative, and experimental artworks. Under this name, I try to make sense out of those unexplainable feelings, dreams, and experiences we encounter through time. Art has always been a special place for me to express repressed feelings and such. It all started as a username hand-in-hand with an Instagram art account that I made when I was 16 – a dump for doodles and sketchbook pieces. Looking back, it’s really cool to see how I’ve grown through the years and know that I’m still pushing myself creatively.
And when you were first starting back then, were you experimenting with clothing design as well? Or has that been a more recent endeavor?
Clothes didn’t really come to mind back then, it was all about stickers and prints mostly. I’ve always loved the idea of graphics on tees though; it made perfect projects for my start at screen printing. So, that’s something that stuck with me alongside creating different pieces. But it hadn’t been until recently that I’d try out something not-so-structured with garments. I’m in love with the all-over print look so far, and I’m still thinking of ways I could make my art wearable. Overall, it’s a fun side project on top of others that I have in mind.
What would you say are the biggest inspirations behind your drawing style?
I’ve always been drawing or doodling of some sort since I was a kid. It wasn’t until high school that I really felt comfortable with what I was creating. Around this time, I used to watch a lot of anime and developed a fascination with mixing surreal qualities into my work. This definitely influenced some of the stuff I made and still continue to make. I love collecting zines and looking at old punk show posters, also taking a lot of inspiration from looking at different artists’ work. As of recent, I’ve been digging Hellen Jo, Jason S. Wright, and Mel Tow. I absolutely adore their illustrations and creative styles.
A lot of your work features ghosts and skeletons – have you always had an affinity for “spooky” imagery?[Laughs] I guess indirectly, yeah. It’s kind of ironic because I can’t stand horror movies or haunted houses – I’m a bit of a wimp. Maybe it’s my way of coping with how uncomfortable it makes me; being able to render spooky imagery into my art in ways that appear more sad or wondrous than scary. On the other hand, it’s also my attachment to pop punk culture and retaining a sort of edgy vibe in my work that keeps me tethered to a fascination of this kind of stuff.
Could you touch on future projects you have in mind? Or are you trying to keep them under wraps for now?
It’s all still up in the air, but I’ve been wanting to get back into painting and making really big pieces in the future. I remember how fun it was to design and complete a mural, so that too would be cool to get back into. I don’t know, just being able to design more freely, thinking of more ways to put together a new zine that’s kind of expressive and raw and almost ‘1 of 1’-esque for each copy.
What would you say is your ultimate goal as an artist? What’s your biggest dream?
Honestly, that’s something I haven’t put my finger on quite yet. The future is a big mystery to me, but I’m really hopeful for it. As I’m going to school for art, my ultimate goal is to be able to pursue my creative passions for as long as I can. Being able to sustain myself through my artwork in the long run is something I definitely strive for. Knowing that there is support and desire for what I create motivates me to continue further. In terms of creative projects, I aspire to experiment with as many mediums as I can. And sort of being able to run my own shop or studio. Being able to create a name for myself, I guess. I really just want to absorb myself in art, hopefully being able to projector t my work onto others and live through my passion.