To remember, to commemorate, to bear in mind is connected to both outwardly visible cultural rituals and objects as well as to the personal, intimate unseen gestures and intentions that are attached to them.
By unraveling alchemical notions of the still-life with figure drawing, my work highlights touchstones of comfort and love developed between people and their material essentials. Objects that are loved, cherished, and cared for evolve into emotionally delicate beings. The drawings substantiate and elevate an object’s “thingly” traits, weaving narratives of community, history, and respite to provide moments of stillness and quiet. Through tactile use and gaze, these amulets become inherent to daily life, heightening the emotional tenor of relations between objects and the subtle nuances embedded in memory, absence, and resiliency.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Chelsea Ramirez (b. 1988, Hollywood, FL; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is best known for her vaporous, multi-dimensional drawings that unravel identity and community through evocative objects. Ramirez received her B.F.A from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She continued her study of drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and Design in Scotland and the New York Studio School in NYC, and completed her MFA from Louisiana State University, where she was an Instructor of Record for Figurative Drawing and Painting. Her work has been shown at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama; Prospect 3+: BR Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; La Bodega Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, NYC; and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NYC; amongst others. She has been published in The Artist’s Working journal in 2016, Flyway Journal in 2017, and Soy Mujerista in 2019.