Local artist Miozotis Pumarol is what one might consider a renaissance woman when it comes to the visual arts. Originally from Manhattan, she got her start in fashion design and has also done illustration and fashion art, as well as 3-D pieces made up of recycled materials and jewelry making. She also does fashion photography and has plans to launch her own line of clothing within the next year.
A relative newcomer to the art scene in Augusta, Pumarol will celebrate her two-year anniversary in the CSRA this month. She made the move from NYC with her boyfriend, who is former military. He didn’t particularly enjoy big city life and she had never lived anywhere other than in a major city, so she thought it might be time for a change. The transition from “the big city” to Augusta has been noticeable, Pumarol said, but she appreciates being here.
“I definitely notice the difference between living in a big city and living in a smaller one because I’ve been able to be a lot more focused in my work — I guess I like that part,” Pumarol said. “It’s kind of a smaller community atmosphere — I’ve really changed my perspective and how I see people and how I even speak and communicate, actually, because when you’re from somewhere where everything happens so fast, and I’m a really jaded New Yorker, at that, I should be able to stop and sit back and appreciate nature and all the stuff Augusta has to offer.”
It’s not just the nature; fewer distractions and the slower pace that hold a draw for the artist. She also likes the close-knit aspects of the downtown art scene.
“I love downtown in particular, in addition to all the forestry,” Pumarol explained. “The art scene is small and it’s boutique and it’s nice. I like that I was able to maybe make a few friends in the short time that I’ve been here that are artists and people that have galleries. That’s been a real blessing.”
Pumarol has always had an affinity for beautiful things and refers to her art as The Aesthetics of Desire. Her work can be found in her Etsy shop online and she will have a booth at this year’s Arts in the Heart of Augusta, which will take place September 20-23.
In addition to creating her own art, Pumarol has started a branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School here. For those not familiar with Dr. Sketchy’s, it is a worldwide art movement that was started in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple. From its inception at a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy’s now has over 100 branches around the globe, including Los Angeles, London, Rome, Tokyo and Melbourne.
So, what exactly is it? During the course of an evening, artists draw glamorous burlesque dancers, compete in contests and win prizes. Did we mention that this all takes place in a bar? The Augusta branch meets once a month at 1102 on Broad Street.
For more information about Pumarol or Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, you can check her out online.