After moving to Las Vegas from her hometown in New York City in 2010, Omayra Amador decided to bring art where she longed to see more color—on the streets.
Amador’s aim is to create a feeling of belonging and explore the ideas of parallel universes, nostalgia and childhood memories through painting, illustration and wheatpastes. Her most prominent work is an ongoing outdoor series called Milk the Bunny. Her bright, whimsical creations often pay homage to icons such as Che Guevara and Einstein with a cottontail twist. Amador’s latest piece, which can be found on First Street between Boulder and Coolidge, is a take on seminal American street artist Keith Haring’s simple human figure with bunny ears.
Whether Amador is locked away creating or pasting those creations around the city, she serves as a valuable asset to the Downtown community by making our streets more vibrant and playful. Chances are you’ve seen her stuff around.
Why put your work Downtown?
Walking downtown and in the Arts District I noticed that there are only pockets of the art scene. You have the Arts Factory and you have some stand-off galleries, but it isn’t really evident the way it is in New York. New York is just full of culture everywhere. In Vegas you have to find culture and when you find it you really have to immerse yourself in it. Walking the Arts District, there wasn’t as much art as I hoped. I especially didn’t see any females out there so I thought, ‘let me start doing that.’ I introduced my art that way.
What’s the concept behind Milk the Bunny?
Milk the Bunny really started off as a phrase that my husband and I would say at home to each other. It’s this idea of going into the studio and creating work. Milk means to extract, [meaning] to extract your ideas from yourself and put them out to the world. The bunny is a recurring theme that’s always popped up in my works for God knows how long. The bunny is my spirit animal in a way, this art genius in me that comes out, and I’m very much inspired by it. So, milking the bunny is to create my own artistic path in life by any means necessary whether it’s doing street art outside or canvas works for galleries.
Where do you gain your inspiration for your projects?
A lot of it is childhood recollection—things that I used to watch on television [and other] childhood memories. I just recently did a Keith Haring piece. It was his birthday this week. He was definitely an influential artist to me.
What artists do you look up to?
I would say Swoon. There’s a lot, but I love Swoon! She’s another wheatpaste artist. She’s based out of New York City, and that’s the kind of level I want to get to…I look to her for inspiration.
Where can we see you in the future?
I’m all about Downtown. I think it’s such a fascinating place, and I want the community to be well-known and respected. I definitely have plans for art projects, guerilla-style pieces that involve the public with my art. People should look out for that, definitely!
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