Artists: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Manipulated Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artists
Molly Ramage is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach, She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Print making. Many of her art works are inspired from dreams, more specifically nightmares. Although the nightmares may not be of her own they are certainly of the same narrative.
Molly Ramage mainly works with paper and the manipulation of paper in her artwork. As seen in the pictures of her exhibition her art is composed of papermache sculptures, paintings, and sketch art. To remain with in the boundaries of a nightmare narrative she employs the use of dark tones and rugged edges. When observing her two sculptures of the flying nightmare creature and the monster under the bed, you can see that she employs somewhat black and white color tones and rugged edges to give it the underlying nightmare theme.
As previously stated, Molly Ramage themed many of her pieces of art after nightmares she has personally dream of and some she has thought of from others dreams. Molly Ramage’s take on dreams is that everyone inherently dreams and it is just a matter of remembering them when you wake up. She also believes that dreams are a way of processing subconscious thoughts. The reason Molly chose to incorporate nightmares as her art theme is because she has personally endured vivid nightmares and she wants to give those nightmares a physical embodiment as a way to conquer them.
Synthesis /My Experience
The reason I chose Molly’s art was because I was immediately drawn to her exhibit because it was very different from the other art exhibits this week. When you walk in the exhibit you are greeted by two creepy and interesting sculptures in the middle, then as you walk around the room you are greeted by more nightmarish ghouls. One of my favorite pieces of art in her gallery was the three characters riding the lama unicorn with two horns. Since I couldn’t find its proper name at the time I nicknamed it “mini jesus, piccolo, and space cat riding lama dicorn”. Later on I found out that this image actually had religious inspiration and an added cat for good measure. Another reason I was intrigued by Molly’s gallery was because it was a more intimate and exposing reason than the rest. Molly chooses to share her dreams with the people in her exhibition which is very respectable.
Overall, I found Molly Ramage’s art very interesting from both a physical aspect and a conceptual aspect.