CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: CONFLICT ZONES AROUND THE WORLD
I make work using a process that I developed to lift surfaces from the built environment.
For the past six years I have been working on Wall Talk - an ongoing series of works in which the lifted surfaces have a relationship to armed conflict.
Some of the works in the series are lifted from sites that are directly connected to armed conflict. Other works in the series are lifted from non-conflict sites and rely on the power of allusion.
This reflects our inability to ever know whether images of conflict are authentic.
All of the lifted surfaces are presented exactly as they were found- all of the marks, stains and debris that are seen in the works are those that already existed.
The locations from which the works have been lifted are unspecified as the works refer to the universal effect of conflict on civilians- rather than being about specific warring factions.
Instead of being objects of horror, the works are strangely beautiful. Viewers are drawn in by the beauty, the strangeness and the intrigue of how the works are made. Unexpectedly, viewers find themselves lured into close proximity with the subject of conflict, dwelling on its many complexities.
Surfaces lifted from walls
2008 - Ongoing
© Artraker CIC 2014
Maya Ramsay was born in London and studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. Her ongoing project ‘Wall Talk’ began in 2008. Maya uses a process to lift surfaces from buildings, which she developed twenty years ago and has been working with ever since. ‘Wall Talk’ was awarded the London Group Solo Show Award in 2014. Maya has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas.