Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Molly Ramage

Artist: Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Manipulated Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: Jetbootsjetpack

About the Artist

Molly Ramage is currently a student in California State University Long Beach and is working on attaining her Bachelor of Arts Degree in printmaking. While attending school, she also has a three year old daughter who she brings to campus and takes her to the daycare center. Many of her artwork are inspired and associated with her dreams and subconscious thinking while also throwing in some of her religious upbringing.

Formal Analysis

Molly has a general dark/gothic theme embedded onto her exhibit. She had included old doodles from back then and recycled them onto a new piece.

The main focus of her art piece was the sculpture in the center of the gallery. She created how she thought and felt during some of her nightmares. She uses dark colors on the ‘ghoul’ like creatures to make it look really ominous and creepy.

Content Analysis

Molly expressed her inner thoughts and emotions onto her work. She cooperated her very vivid dreams and nightmares. She said that her art was a way for her to express her repressed emotions and overwhelming feelings. She also sees art as a way to process subconscious thoughts. One of her points was her think dreams. She incorporated her religious upbringing with one of her think dreams and turned it into a narrative in the gallery.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed Molly’s gallery, I would dare even say that it is my favorite so far. I was drawn to her art style and overall theme. The dark, edgy, gothic theme that involves cats and flying llamas seemed appealing to me. I can definitely relate to Molly about dreams and nightmares. Coming from someone who often gets nightmares and sleep paralysis, I can see where she is coming from when she says that art can be a way to express and relieve some tension from them. During her interview, I think I’ve managed to tell her that I found her pieces rad to the point of annoyance.

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