Approved: 11.07.2009

Maya Ramsay

Artist

Approved: 11.07.2009

Maya Ramsay works with historically and politically important sites, usually those that are due to be demolished or renovated- capturing visual histories that would otherwise be lost. A unique process is used to lift off the top layer of surfaces from the built environment and to re-present these slices of surroundings. 

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  • Location: London
  • Tags: walls, architecture, surface, political art, war, collateral damage, armed conflict
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Maya Ramsay works with historically and politically important sites, usually those that are due to be demolished or renovated- capturing visual histories that would otherwise be lost. A unique process is used to lift off the top layer of surfaces from the built environment and to re-present these slices of surroundings. 

    For the past six years the focus has been on lifting surfaces from sites that have a historical relationship to armed conflict. These works reference the idea of walls as witnesses to atrocities. The project was shortlisted for the international Artraker Award for Art and Conflict. An exhibition of the shortlisted works is touring from London- Colombo- Myanmar during 2015.

    Recent projects include BLETCHLEY PARK (STATION X) in which surfaces were lifted from the walls of the derelict buildings where the Code-breakers worked during World War 11 at Bletchley Park, prior to the buildings renovation. These buildings had lain derelict for decades awaiting repair and were hugely evocative of internationally important histories. The works include surfaces lifted from one of the buildings where the walls were covered in a myriad of cobwebs that had become carbonised during a fire. http://mayaramsay.co.uk/bletchley-park-project

    The JIMI HENDRIX (WALL OF SOUND) project involved making graphite rubbings of the woodchip wallpaper in Jimi Hendrix’s London home at 23 Brook Street, prior to the buildings renovation. As if by magic, the wall rubbings came out looking like music notation. http://mayaramsay.co.uk/work/jimi-hendrix-project

    Hendrix’s home is next-door to where the composer Handel lived 200 years earlier and it is said that Hendrix saw visions of Handel in the woodchip wallpaper of his flat. The wallpaper scores are composed of abstract marks created by graphite rubbings of the woodchip wallpaper on to blank manuscript paper. Their similarity to music notation allows the viewer to imagine the sound that Hendrix’s walls might make. The five sections, akin to a suite of music, were performed as part of the London Jazz festival in Handel’s rehearsal room where he composed the Messiah. Two additional works 'Night Bird Flying (Murmuration)' and 'Through The Haze (Visionaries)' consider the fact that both Hendrix and Handel had visions whilst living at Brook Street. Hendrix’s home is due to open as a museum in 2016 and the wallpaper scores will be performed at the opening of the museum on 13/01/16 http://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/welcome-home-hendrix/  They will be exhibited as part of EMERGENCY at Aspex Gallery from 27/11/15- 11/01/16 http://www.aspex.org.uk/events/emergency/ .

    Maya is currently working on COUNTLESS- making work from gravestones in relation to the unkown numbers of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe by boat, and articles in relation to this for ‘a/political’ and ‘Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture’. 

    Further works can be seen at: www.mayaramsay.co.uk

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2014- Wall Talk: Maya Ramsay, The Cello Factory, London- (The London Group Solo Show Award)

    Selected Group exhibitions

    2015 - 2016 - EMERGENCY, Aspex, Portsmouth

    2015 - Traces, London Jazz festival, Southbank Centre

    2015 - 2016 Blood, Sweat & Tears, Hut 12, Bletchley Park Museum, Bletchley 

    2015 - Passage of Time, APT Gallery, London

    2014Jimi Hendrix’s Walls: EYEMUSIC- Seeing Sound, Handel House, London  

    2014 - Artraker Award: Art for Peace, a/political, London (travelling to Colombo & Paris 2015)

    2013 - The London Group Centenary Open,The Cello Factory, London

    2013 - VOID Sculpture Show, Hoxton Arches, London

    2013 - STATION X, Bletchley Park Museum, Bletchley

    2012 - Ghost Station, Bletchley Park Museum, Bletchley

    2012 - STATION X, MK Gallery Project Space, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

    2012 - The Harboured Guest, 4 Windmill Street, London

    2011 - 54th Venice Biennale, WW Gallery, The Quaffers Pavilion, Venice, Italy

    2011 - Shadow Lines, Tintype Gallery, London

    2011 - The Florence Trust Exhibition, Florence Trust, London

    2010 - The Barbican Arts Trust Artworks Open, Artworks Project Space, London

    2010 - The SE1 Summer Show, Vitrine Gallery, London

    2009 - Creativity & Conflict, Imagination Gallery, London

    2009 - The London Group Open, Menier Gallery, London

    2007 - Batteries Not Included: Mind as Machine, Shrewsbury Museum, Shrewsbury

    2007 - Image, Text, Music: Turtle curated by Michael H. Shamberg, UCL, London

    2007 - The Fit: Turtle, curated by Michael H. Shamberg, Nuans Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

    Co- curated projects

    2012 - STATION X , MK Gallery Project Space, MK Gallery & Bletchley Park Museum

    Residencies

    2010 - 2011 Axis/Florence Trust Residency Bursary 2010-2011, Florence Trust, London

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2015 - Selected for EMERGENCY, Aspex, Portsmouth

    2015 - Elected as a member of Royal British Sculpture Society 

    2014 - Shortlisted for Artraker Award  

    2013 - The London Group Solo Show Award, London  

    2010 - The 2010- 2011 Axis/Florence Trust Residency Bursary, London

    2010 - Highly Commended for The Royal Academy Summer Show, London

    2010 - Shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool    

    2009 - Selected by Albert Irvin for London Group Award, The London Group, London

    2009 - Seleted as an MAstar by Gill Hedley for axisweb.org

    Qualifications and training

    2009 - MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, London

    1998 - BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London

    Articles & interviews

    http://www.eiye.co.uk/2014/04/station-x-maya-ramsey/

    http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/16953/1/the-da-zed-guide-to-surveillance

    http://artwednesday.com/2012/10/31/review-the-harboured-guest/

    http://www.jotta.com/jotta/published/home/article/v2-published/1912/maya-ramsay-lifting-skins

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17879181

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17730926

    http://c20society.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/preserving-the-un-preservable-at-station-x/

    http://www.mkgallery.org/education/projectspace/station_x/

    http://paulcapewell.com/2012/05/05/station-x-an-exhibition-at-mk-gallery/

    Maya Ramsay, MAstars by Gill Hedley http://www.gillhedley.co.uk/writing.html