Maya Ramsay's blog

A unique process is used to lift off the top layer of surfaces from historically and politically significant sites.

The surfaces are presented as they are found - all of the marks, stains and debris that are seen in the works are those that already existed.

These works capture the histories imbued in architectural surfaces, whilst referencing the idea of walls as witnesses.

For the past six years the focus has been on an ongoing series of works in which the lifted surfaces have a relationship to armed conflict.

Some of the works 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.
Nov 11 '11
Image: Bloodletting (detail), surface lifted from wall, 65 x 90 cm, 2010, Maya Ramsay
SHADOW LINES 
ANNE HARILD | ROSE O’GALLIVAN | MAYA RAMSAY
9 Nov-10 Dec 2011, Wed-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-4,  T I N T Y P E,Third Floor, 18 St Cross Street, London EC1 8UN
info@tintypegallery.com 5 minutes walk from Farringdon/Chancery Lane Underground Palimpsests and left-over traces can be glimpsed every day, particularly in a city: pieces of time left hanging. SHADOW LINES features the work of three artists who source the material presence of past fragments. 
Maya Ramsay works with buildings due to be demolished or renovated. She is currently working at Bletchley Park in the huts used by the code-breakers. Ramsay has developed a process of lifting pigment, debris and the texture of surfaces to create a kind of epidermis. These are presented on the wall but they are simultaneously archaeological documents. Their titles, which refer to military conflicts and death tolls, suggest a political undertow in Ramsay’s presentation of rejected, left behind strata. 

Image: Bloodletting (detail)surface lifted from wall, 65 x 90 cm, 2010, Maya Ramsay

SHADOW LINES 

ANNE HARILD | ROSE O’GALLIVAN | MAYA RAMSAY

9 Nov-10 Dec 2011, Wed-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-4,  T I N T Y P E,Third Floor, 18 St Cross Street, London EC1 8UN

info@tintypegallery.com 5 minutes walk from Farringdon/Chancery Lane Underground Palimpsests and left-over traces can be glimpsed every day, particularly in a city: pieces of time left hanging. SHADOW LINES features the work of three artists who source the material presence of past fragments. 

Maya Ramsay works with buildings due to be demolished or renovated. She is currently working at Bletchley Park in the huts used by the code-breakers. Ramsay has developed a process of lifting pigment, debris and the texture of surfaces to create a kind of epidermis. These are presented on the wall but they are simultaneously archaeological documents. Their titles, which refer to military conflicts and death tolls, suggest a political undertow in Ramsay’s presentation of rejected, left behind strata.