Zara Ramsay


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Year 2023
Medium Stainless steel woven mesh, aluminium wire, and jump rings
Dimensions 10 x 30 x 11 cm
Nominated by Rana Begum

About the work

Ramsay’s works are an exploration of the spirit in all things, particularly in the context of our contemporary, insulated lifestyles which cut us off from the natural rhythms and intelligence of the Earth. Drawing on both spiritual and scientific sources, nature as a doorway into life’s mysteries and truth is explored to rekindle a sense of awe and enchantment with the world. Arising from a personal connection with more ancient ways of being and understanding, specifically towards the cosmos as a creative feminine force, ideas of power, sensuality, bodies and cycles of life and death are given form in ordered, tactile sculptural drawings, objects and installations. ‘Aces’ derives from Ramsay’s observation of the spark like formations from raindrops touching the ground and interest in cosmic illustrations. The spark like forms have become a recurring motif for Ramsay, exploring different configurations, alongside a new material exploration of fine woven metal mesh.

Career Highlights

Annual Open, Southwark Park Gallery, London, UK (2023); Gilbert Bayes Award Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, London, UK (2023); Cure3, Artwise in partnership with Bonhams, London, UK (2023); Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, London, UK (2023); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK (2022); Gilbert Bayes Award, Royal Society of Sculptors, (2022/3); By the fruits of their labour shall you know them, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK (2022); Let us Eat Cake, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough, UK (2021);Wilderness, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK (2021); ArtWorks Open, 1st place, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK (2019)

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