BLANK SPACE is pleased to present a series of encaustic paintings by New York artist, Debra Ramsay.
BALANCING ACT is an exhibition of calculated elements opposing raw brilliance. Ramsay’s use of simplistic yet mathematical compositions, juxtaposed with natural materials (eggshells, wood, and beeswax encaustic) captivates the audience.
The paradox of these paintings is rooted in the restrictions Ramsay has set on the artwork. Ramsay creates abstract compositions and then reduces them to horizontal and vertical lines. Eggshells are used as her a primary raw material. Broken and prepared, the eggshells are individually glued onto the surface in a restrictive and calculated pattern. Ramsay regards this process as “deliberate mark making.” She then adds multiple layers of pigmented wax as a means to leave little evidence of her markings. The combination of simple lines with pure and subtle materials adds depth and intrigue to her work.
The mathematical rules Ramsay sets for herself are pushed to their fullest potential in BALANCING ACT. Her interest in purpose and chance gives her the means to explore newer forms of reductive art. The controlled use of balance within her work draws the viewer into contemplation. The paintings create a heightened sense of awareness and relief, further pressing conflicting sensations onto the audience.