44 ARTIST PROFILE Maya Ramsay
Bloodletting, 2011, surface lifted from wall, 65 x 90 cm
sing unique processes to lift surfaces from historically and politically important sites, Maya Ramsay documents visual histories that would otherwise be lost or unseen. Her projects have included making rubbings from the woodchip wallpaper in Jimi Hendrixâ€™s London home to create a musical score, and lifting surfaces from the derelict buildings of Bletchley Park where the Code-breakers worked in WW11.
bringing the materiality of conflict closer to the viewer. Her most recent project, Countless, involved making 29 graphite rubbings from the graves of migrants who died at sea whilst trying to reach Europe. It is 29 years since the first recorded migrant shipwreck occurred in Europe.
For the past ten years the artist has focused on lifting surfaces from sites relating to conflict,
Ramsay was elected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2015. She won EMERGENCY 2016 for her solo show Countless, which is currently showing at Aspex Gallery Portsmouth until June 4th.
Published on May 31, 2017
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