Spotlight On: Ruby Mullen

Ruby is a visual artist who just transferred from The Evergreen State College, now studying film at PSU.

Q: Who or what influences and inspires your art the most?

A: I’m very inspired by childhood memories, usually mine but sometimes not. I love collage as a medium because I feel like I can imbue the art with so many little memories and pieces of inspiration from childhood influences. I think back to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse as an example of something that I loved as a child, with a visual style that has definitely come to influence things I make now. I’m also very inspired by the visual art of Mark Mothersbaugh.

Q: Did you always want to be an artist?

A: My interest in movies began early—I made so many home videos as a kid and I wanted them to be “perfect”, but I didn’t really think of them as art. I didn’t give visual art/collage a chance for a very long time. I was just kind of always making something but I didn’t think of it as art.

Q: Do you listen to music while you make art? What type of music?

A: I do listen to music while I work— no specific type, but I think that often whatever it may be, it kind of impacts the final product.

Q: Do you have a favorite time of day to make art?

A: I usually end up working on these things early in the morning or late at night.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A: Currently I’m branching out and experimenting with video collage. I like to collect videos and experiment with ways of piecing them together. Yee-haw pardners.