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