For her River Deep Mountain High contribution, Patricia Ramaer has stepped away from typical photographic methods to employ an intriguing technique to burn, not print. This little girl is Margot Cox on Lossiemouth beach, 1909.
Margot 1908 by Patricia Ramaer
Carbon on paper
“I’m mesmerized by photographs of people long gone, remnants of ephemeral lives held in the material of the moment. The Cox family enjoying the beach at Lossiemouth is a perfect portal into the realms of the unseen, ancestors, memory and time/space/matter. Removing myself from the usual photographic methods, I ‘burn’ instead of ‘print’, creating through the process of destruction and giving another form to the things that once were. I explore immateriality through materiality, the thin places that lead to a greater mystery.”
Patricia Ramaer is a contemporary artist. Her practice is photography inspired and includes film, rituals, installations and sculpture. A recent graduate of the MFA Art and Humanities her newest works can be seen at her solo exhibit “Between” from the 29th of February 2020 at Dock Street Studios Gallery, Dundee.
River Deep Mountain High was an exhibition in the University’s Lamb Gallery to mark the Year of Coast and Water curated by Archive Services. Artists, designers and creative writers were invited to respond to the University’s rich archive, museum and rare book collections on the themes of rivers, seas, coasts and mountains. Original photographs, journals, plans, models and specimens relating to whaling, the River Tay, the natural world and mountaineering inspired jewellery, artwork, sculpture, poetry and much more