Week 5: Artist Conversation – Molly Ramage

Exhibition Information

Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Paper mache, ink, etching, wood cut
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A 
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Molly Ramage currently attends CSULB as a junior. She is an undergraduate and is working towards a Bachelors in Fine Arts in the School of Arts program. Although she has taken a couple years off from school, she has still been working on art projects. She has been an artist for a very long time. Her major is print making and also enjoys paper mache. She was not sure what print making was at first but discovered it from a survey class. She enrolled in a print making class and really enjoyed the natural way of creating art. Many of her artwork are inspired very close personal experience of hers.

Formal Analysis

The theme of Molly’s drawings are about dreams. They represent the fear one may have in their dreams. Most of the colors are that are used are very warm with shades of darkness. The art lets off an emotional state of distress. Some of the drawings have a bit of texture such as the word “star,” which has been made from print making. Most of the drawings are flat and has no texture. However, the way it has been organized on the wall is not just a straight line but it has been placed in a way that connects with other drawings.

However, there were also two paper mache artwork. They were 3D. The colors were mostly dark colors with a pop of white. The darker colors represent some type of evil that may an individual may feel. The texture was rough. It doesn’t have an smooth surface. The figures were also medium sized compared to a person to emphasize the purpose of her exhibit.

Content Analysis

Most of her work expresses an overwhelming emotion. She is inspired by her own personal experiences and the artwork represents what she feels inside. They are overwhelming emotions a person may have. For her paper mache artwork, she specifically created them for this exhibit. It goes well along with her theme of emotions. For her drawings, she first creates the figures and then connects a character with it instead of forcing a bond together.

Synthesis/Experience

I really like Molly’s exhibit. It really depicts a dark feeling many individuals may feel but doesn’t want to talk about. For me, these feelings come from not knowing where I might be heading in life. Although I have an idea, I’m scared I won’t be satisfied with my success. One of my favorite artwork from Molly is her paper mache. It displays a girl sleeping with a dark monster under her bed. It reminds me of when I was younger, I was afraid something was hiding under my bed or closet. However, I can see this piece as something you have to overcome and do not let fear stop you from chasing your dreams.

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