Maya Ramsay's blog

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

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.

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.

The locations from which the works have been lifted are not specified as the works refer to the universal effect of conflict on civilians, as appose to being about specific warring factions.

These works capture the histories imbued in architectural surfaces, whilst referencing the idea of walls as witnesses.
Jun 6 '11
Uprisings - Sign of the Times (detail), surface lifted from pillar with sign, 150 x 50 cm, 2011.

Uprisings - Sign of the Times (detail), surface lifted from pillar with sign, 150 x 50 cm, 2011.