Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Printmaking, Drawing and Paint, Mixed Media, Paper Maché
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Molly Ramage is a twenty-four year old undergraduate student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. She is planning on graduating in a year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking. When Molly is not making her art, she likes to spend time with her three-year old daughter and take her to the park. Additionally, she stated that she has always had a keen interest in observing art and creating her own pieces of art ever since she was young.
Much of Molly’s art has an overall dark and ominous theme; to complement and add intensity to the theme of her art, she uses black as her main color. Also, many of the pieces of paper that the images were drawn on were torn and crumpled. However, she does use a variety of other, brighter colors for images that she wishes to make stand out against the dark-colored background. Additionally, most of the images in her pieces consist of horned monsters and disfigured objects and individuals; also, many of the backgrounds are depictions of dark silhouettes, such as jagged mountains, or just a plain black background. Many of the images in Molly’s work contained sharp, jagged edges and had no definitive shape. Molly also utilized recycled paper and BFK paper for many of her pieces of art. However, for the centerpiece of her exhibition, which was the sculpture of the monsters under the bed of a sleeping child, she used paper maché.
When discussing her exhibition and the works of art within, Molly stated that she never really had a theme for her art; in fact, it was not until she looked at all the works that she had created that she realized that they all had a similar style and similar colors and depictions. Thus, she decided to use this to her advantage and create an exhibition that explored the subconscious, specifically, the nightmares that occur while one is asleep. Molly said that much of her art was created from memory of her own personal dreams and nightmares. She was also inspired by children’s art and her own daughter’s nightmares.
I thought that Molly’s depictions of nightmares were actually very accurate; some of the images that I saw were frightening enough to give me nightmares! I really liked the dark color scheme, the jagged edges of the images, and ripped paper that was used. I felt that they really gave the audience a sense that they were looking at a live depiction of possible nightmares or dreams that they have had. Although I never had a fear of a monster being under my bed, I thought that the paper maché sculpture of the monsters under the sleeping child’s bed was a nightmare come to life; I am sure that there were some people who went home that day and checked that there were no monsters under their own beds! As a fan of horror movies, frightening images and stories, and all other things scary, I personally really enjoyed visiting this exhibition!