Zara Ramsay

b.1993 - Essex
Lives and works in London.
 

I stretch but I’m not a yogi…but maybe I want to be, deep down.

I’m trying to make sense of the world, to connect with the universe, to it's innate spirituality and the latest gua sha facial massager or well being trend isn’t helping. Despite their frivolity however, they keep tugging at me. But then so does the desire to be near water - in nature. In order to resolve this continual wrestle I’ve decided to start working with them, together, digesting and reconfiguring them into sculpture and installation. 

Elements and details from both are channelled into a serious wonderland of scale where physical weight is undermined through a conflation of rough with soft and heavy with light. The outcome builds with an incongruity of materials, colours and forms. It is this tension I want the work to embody, familiar but never quite possible to pin down. In order to get here maquettes and cardboard models are always made first; a chance to touch and probe materials until they reach that bitter sweet friction. But so too just a chance to connect with materials - to feel out the world.

 

Allusions to energy fields, spiritual matters, ecological concerns and folk-culture, are integral to the creations and at the heart of my practice is a philosophy of spirituality and mindfulness to be found in this intersection between ourselves and the things that surround us.  

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Since receiving her BA  from Central Saint Martins, Ramsay has continued to develop her practice independently whilst developing technical skills through studio placements including those at Troy Town Pottery, Aarron Angel’s ceramic studio. Her work has been in several exhibitions including WIMMIN II (2019) funded by Arts Council England and in the same year she was awarded first place in ArtWorks Open with Barbican Arts Group Trust. Most recently she was selected for the 2022 Gilbert Bayes Award with the Royal Society of Sculptors. 

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CV

EDUCATION

Central Saint Martins, UAL

2012-16    BA (Hons) Fine Art                  

2014-15   Diploma in Professional Studies

2011-12     Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Pass with Distinction)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS       

By the fruits of their labour shall you know them, BAGT Artworks Project Space, London (Solo exhibition) - Sep/Oct 2021     

Let us Eat Cake, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough - May 2021       

The Sky Has No Surface, (Online) - March 2021

The Sky Has No Surface

Wilderness, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London - March/May 2021

The Haven

ArtWorks Open 2019, Barbican Arts Group Trust (BAGT), London - September 2019

WIMMIN II, 2 Tudor Grove, London (Part of Art Licks Weekend) - October 2019                       

Beyond, SET Dalston, London - June 2019

Open Site, Seagar Gallery, Deptford Bridge, London - September 2018
Pandora’s (Higher) Orders, (Solo Installation, Deptford Lounge) - September 2018 | 
(Part of Deptford X Festival, London) 

Open Studios, SET Studios, Bermondsey, London - July 2017                                                                    

Apologia: the good life, Market Peckham, Peckham Rye, London - 2016                                

Diffusion, Barge House Oxo Tower Wharf, London - November 2016
Mono:CHROMA:Black & White Issue, The Crypt Gallery, London - July 2016

Crypt Gallery

Distributed Monuments, Geddes Gallery, Kings Cross, London
Central Saint Martins Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London -May 2016

I am so Tired, Central Saint Martins, London - January 2016           

Translations, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, London - 2013

AWARDS    

Gilbert Bayes Award - 2022       

ArtWorks Open 2019, First Place Prize      

Selected AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) Artist, Coventry University - 2017/8
Selected participant, Cultures of Machine Participation, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

Part of Norwegian Sub-Project ‘Young Urban Expressions’ of the Creative EU Project, The People’s Smart Sculpture -2017

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS 

Interview & Article, 1Granary, Issue 4, pp.35-6, Fall, 2016/17
Interview, blogs.arts.ac.uk, In Process: Zara Ramsay, Teleri Lloyd Jones, May 2016
Work featured, CHROMA Collection monoCHROMA: Black and White Issue, Issue  3, July 2016