Zara Ramsay

b.1993 - Essex
 

Zara Ramsay is a mixed media artist working largely in sculpture. Based in London, her works draws on the conflicting feelings she has towards living in contemporary Western society, specfically the objects coming out of it. Using her practice as a kind of quasi ethnography on her own society, the works can be viewed as both physical research and documentation of this experience. 

 

Balenciaga Trainers,“posh toast” images and the wellness industry rub up against ritual objects, surrealism and Eastern belief systems as influences in the work. With both sincerity and satire, she attempts to give meaning to the seemingly superficical.

 

At the heart of Ramsay’s practice is a concern towards our changing relation to making and (dis)connection to objects and each other. Looking to remedy this, she often researches practices and dying crafts, seeking out individuals across the UK willing to pass on their skills. Most recently this has seen the artist learning wheat weaving from a member of the Guild of Strawcraftsman. 

 

Since receiving her BA  from Central Saint Martins, Zara has continued to develop her practice independently whilst developing technical skills through studio placements including those at Troy Town Pottery, Aarron Angel’s ceramic studio. Her work has been in several exhibitions including WIMMIN II funded by Arts Council England and in 2019 she was awarded first place in ArtWorks Open, with Barbican Arts Group Trust. 

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CV

EDUCATION

Central Saint Martins, UAL

2012-16    BA (Hons) Fine Art                  

2014-15   Diploma in Professional Studies

2011-12     Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Pass with Distinction)

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

   

Barbican Arts Group Trust, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London: Solo Show - Sep 2021                 

Let us Eat Cake, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough, UK -May 2021 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS       

            

The Sky Has No Surface, (Online) - March 2021

The Sky Has No Surface

Wilderness, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London - March/May 2021

The Haven

ArtWorks Open 2019, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London - September 2019

WIMMIN II, 2 Tudor Grove, London (Part of Art Licks Weekend) - October 2019                       

Beyond, SET Dalston, London - June 2019

Open Site, Seagar Gallery, Deptford Bridge, London - September 2018
Pandora’s (Higher) Orders, (Solo Installation, Deptford Lounge) - September 2018 | 
(Part of Deptford X Festival, London) 

Open Studios, SET Studios, Bermondsey, London - July 2017                                                                    

Apologia: the good life, Market Peckham, Peckham Rye, London - 2016                                

Diffusion, Barge House Oxo Tower Wharf, London - November 2016
Mono:CHROMA:Black & White Issue, The Crypt Gallery, London - July 2016

Crypt Gallery

Distributed Monuments, Geddes Gallery, Kings Cross, London
Central Saint Martins Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London -May 2016

I am so Tired, Central Saint Martins, London - January 2016           

Translations, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, London - 2013

AWARDS    

        

ArtWorks Open 2019, First Place Prize      

Selected AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) Artist, Coventry University - 2017/8
Selected participant, Cultures of Machine Participation, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

Part of Norwegian Sub-Project ‘Young Urban Expressions’ of the Creative EU Project, The People’s Smart Sculpture -2017

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS 

Interview & Article, 1Granary, Issue 4, pp.35-6, Fall, 2016/17
Interview, blogs.arts.ac.uk, In Process: Zara Ramsay, Teleri Lloyd Jones, May 2016
Work featured, CHROMA Collection monoCHROMA: Black and White Issue, Issue  3, July 2016

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