Working initially with printmaking then moving into painting and in recent years, sculpture, Jaime Molina tells tales of characters that, to varying degrees, represent his family and friends. They also portray people and their habits in general – a loose play on our own existence. His work has a fascinating narrative to it. This world he has created continues to become larger, and with his more recent sculptural works, the characters he’s created are moving into the three dimensional realm. Built out of anything and everything at hand, they echo traditional folk techniques and ideas, with a modern twist.
“In a weird way it’s like I use my heart for the 3D and my head for the murals. The 3D I do completely intuitively. I don’t do a whole lot of sketches anymore. I just start making something and see where it goes. It comes straight from my heart. The mural work I do also comes from my heart, but I have to think about it a lot more. There are so many variables to consider when you paint a mural. I get lost in it the same way as the sculptures, but I just have to be more aware when i’m making it. I guess that’s the big difference and maybe that’s why it’s so satisfying to do both.” – Jaime Molina (Very Nearly Almost)