Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: SLEEP SWEAT
Media: paper mache, printing, mixed media
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Molly Ramage is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in Printmaking. All the formalities aside, Molly is a very creative and talented artist who pours her soul and emotions into her artwork. She has been taking art classes since she was very young, and continues to let art influence her. Her young daughter, Sylvia, is already ecstatic to produce art.
Molly has a strong personal connection with every art piece that is displayed in her gallery; her commitment to her work produces very detailed imagery that requires some time to stare.
Molly employs thick paper with roughly trimmed edges. She has a myriad of textures and shapes running throughout her pieces that intertwine with the detailed images she creates. She also has paper mache sculptures which take on a rickety appearance using the paper’s scrunched texture. All pieces are completed with diverse coloring, glitter, or 3-D effects that “pop”.
Molly has created many different scenes. Some are bright, and some are gloomily colored. She has captured the feeling of dreams in her art. Some pictures are rather out of context or abnormal, while other things are augmented and cartoon-like. She even draws the audience in towards her artwork by getting fine detail into each and every bit. Hair is drawn extremely delicately, and the background scenery has very provoking shapes that add some dimension to her art.
SYNTHESIS / MY EXPERIENCE
I strolled around the galleries on display. After viewing Molly’s exhibit for the first time I decided that this was the one I wanted to do an artist conversation on. It was beautiful. Molly makes her pieces from her thoughts, her soul. She stated that she embodies at least one character in every single piece of art on display. When I approached her, I was unsure how to question her about her art because it is so personal to her. I decided that the best way to experience her art was to get a small amount of her personal input and let her art do the rest of the talking. One piece of art that really amazed me was her sculpture of the girl sleeping on the bed, with the monster underneath it. She captured the rough imagery that a dream can provide. She also displayed the fight of innocence versus evil in her pictures. Out of all of her ideas that she could have made into an art piece, the sleeping girl was the right one for the job. The detail and emotions displayed on both the sleeping girl and the monster are realistic and capture the moment perfectly. I think that this gallery stood out to me because I have a very creative imagination. I always have images and thoughts running through my conscious that do not always make sense. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I encountered something I had imagined in a dream, in real life. The abstract imagery with appealing pattern and texture in this gallery awoke my creative inside. I enjoyed looking closely at the little details on her pieces.