- Website: http://www.mayaramsay.co.uk
I work with historically and politically important sites, usually those that are due to be demolished- capturing visual histories that would otherwise be lost.
My current project COUNTLESS involves making rubbings from the graves of migrants who lost their lives at sea whilst trying to reach Europe. These will be exhibited in a solo show at Aspex, Portsmouth from April 1st - June 4th 2017.(http://www.mayaramsay.co.uk/work.php?s=countless)
A short film of the work in progress can be seen here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEoYzhtbXQA)
For the past seven years I have been working on an ongoing project entitled ‘WALL TALK’ which involves 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 recently shortlisted for the international Artraker Award for Art and Conflict. (http://www.artraker.org/maya-ramsay/4586009484)
Other recent projects include ‘STATION X’ in which I lifted surfaces from the walls of the derelict buildings where the Code-breakers worked during World War 11 at Bletchley Park. These buildings had lain derelict for decades awaiting renovation and were hugely evocative of internationally important histories. The works include surfaces from one of the buildings where the walls were covered in a myriad of cobwebs that had become carbonised during a fire. Works from the project are currently on display at Bletchley Park Museum. (http://www.mayaramsay.co.uk/bletchleyparkproject.php)
The ‘WALL OF SOUND’ project involved making wall rubbings of the woodchip wallpaper in Jimi Hendrix’s London home- which, as if by magic, came out looking like music notation.
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 are akin to a suite of music and were recently performed as part of the London Jazz festival in Handel’s rehearsal room where he composed the Messiah. (http://www.mayaramsay.co.uk/work.php?s=wall-of-sound)
WALL OF SOUND was also performed as part of the London Jazz Festival at the Southbank Centre and at the opening of Hendrix’s House in 2016. An album of compositions based on Wall Of Sound by leading jazz musicians is currently underway. You can watch one track being performed in Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTCk-ZcdMGY).
- Categories: Architectural/Monumental/Relief, Installation/Land/Site-specific, Political/Religious
- Materials: Mixed media
- Location: London