Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Printmaking, Ink, Paper mache
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Molly Ramage is a third year undergraduate student at CSULB who is a member in the School of Art’s Printmaking program. Since she was younger, Molly had always been into art. It wasn’t until Molly took a survey class where she then established her love for printmaking because it had been such a natural technique to create art. For some years, Molly did not attend school, but her art didn’t stop. Her pieces are in relation to dreams and fantasy landscapes that explore dreams and the subconscious. Sleep Sweat is a collection of Molly’s personal experiences in which she choses to express her deepest emotions.
Molly Ramages’s art is a collection of vivid, gothic and mysterious pieces of printmaking, drawings, etchings, woodcuts, paper mache, and animation. The theme of her art seems to be quite gloomy because she uses dark colors, but then later lightens up as she adds brighter colors to her more recent pieces. In her “darker” art, the figures look to be distorted and certain objects are lopsided, but appear to be smooth as well. All her art revolves around the concept of dreams or includes dreamlike features.
In Sleep Sweat, Molly tries to focus on her own experiences and emotions by making her art a representation of her nightmares. The pieces in her exhibit are a product of the negative feelings she felt such as fear, anxiety, and uncomfortableness. Molly creates distorted faces, mysterious landscapes, and peculiar creatures to recreate her nightmares. Specifically, Molly hopes to create feelings of uneasiness because a real nightmare would make an individual uneasy. Dreams to her are a way an individual processes emotion and repressed feelings, and they help connect the individuals emotional life to physical life.
SYNTHESIS/ MY EXPERIENCE
After viewing Molly’s exhibit and hearing her speak, I know have another new understanding of what art is to people. Art is influenced by the creator’s experience, in which he or she chooses to channel her deepest emotions and put them into a beautiful creation that all can feel for too. As her pieces represent her dreams, I too felt that some aspects depicted some of my own dreams as well. I love that Molly chooses to bring to life her subconscious although she may not be truly certain that these things are in her subconscious. Her works are a bit disturbing and mysterious, but they include a lot of emotion. Dreams are such elaborate movies that can either be good or bad, and I love how Molly choses to mostly feature her nightmares to show that she too dreams of scary monsters.