“A large part of art-making for me is engagement with my materials and location,” Ramsay states, “I think of these paintings as light cells. A cell, in biology, is the basic membrane-bound unit that contains the fundamental molecules of life and of which all living things are composed. My light cells gently elevate ambient light, focusing on light’s transitory interaction with the color fields, affecting the appearance of the artwork. Perhaps the work leads you to a place of non-thought; the impermanent changes in light can be noticed or not.” As homage to impermanence, she makes work that shifts in appearance due to changes in light and the viewers’ location relative to the artwork. During the pandemic, the paintings were informed by views out her studio window, which overlooks the East River in New York City. The sky can register a vast range of hues. Ramsay focused on the arc of colors in the sky, other than blue, and how they changed during a day. For two weeks, particles from fires on the West Coast also influenced the colors. Ramsay reproduced these observed colors in paint with a program designed for the specific artist paints she used. The paintings are without an intended narrative. Using translucent painting supports allows light to pass through the paint, creating an interaction with the changing light in the room, making the artwork dynamic, reminding us life is constantly changing.
This work consists of two attached plexiglass panels and comes ready-to-hang with hanging cleat.
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