Artist Conversation

Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Printmaking, collage, mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Website: N/A
Instagram: jetbootsjetpack

About the Artist

Molly Ramage is a student at CSULB as a printmaking major. She will be graduating in a year. She is in the Bachelor of Fine Arts department. Molly is 24 and she spends her free time either making more art or hanging out with her daughter. Most of the time, she likes to go to the park. Her daughter is three years old. Her ideas explores thought from the unconscious, hence the theme of her artwork being nightmares or “Sleep Sweat.”

Formal Analysis

Molly uses mixed media, collage art, and printmaking. I noticed a out-of-the-lines quality, there things bleed off the page, and she creates non-definite shapes. She uses a ride ranges of color, mainly dark because it is supposed to resemble darkness in nightmares. I noticed that there are a lot of silhouettes of monstrous figures that could potentially haunt dreams. There is an eerie quality in these pieces that convey a clear message of the spooky unconscious. She uses paper mache for some of her pieces. Her art pieces have more of a jagged quality to them.

Content Analysis

In her exhibition, Molly wrote “the works displayed here function like nightmares. Characters take the stage in amorphous landscapes to act out a loose narrative…” Each portrait displays a different dream. She has been inspired by “outsider art” which she defines as the more low-key artists. She is inspired by children’s art and the art of the mentally impaired. She’s always been interested in the underlying emotions and thoughts of individuals and creates her interpretation of what goes on into art.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think her pieces accurately display nightmares. It shows an interpretation of the dark unconscious. What intrigued me the most were the clay sculptures in the middle of the exhibit. There was a piece hanging from the ceiling which looked like a serpent of some sort. There was also a clay sculpture of monsters under the bed. She mentioned she made the sculptures specifically for the exhibit. When I was a kid I used to have nightmares of monsters under my bed so in a way, I was able to relive my nightmares through seeing her pieces. I personally really enjoy exploring the unconscious and dark thoughts. It can relate to my academics because I am a pre-psych major and we explore the unconscious.

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