Goodnight Theory is an installation generated from blind contour drawings Trish Ramsay began during an artist’s residency in Finland. Ramsay likens her process to automatic writing. Working with empty cups, jars, and plastic containers as subjects, she creates loose and spontaneous forms. Paired down to contoured and implied volumes, then sewn onto Mylar, these drawn objects become something entirely new, defying organization and creating a wilderness of form. Ramsay uses pliant materials such as thread, wire, plastic and wool to explore spatial tension between flat and dimensional, drawn and constructed, playing upon how the works read as image, drawing, object or environment.
Trish Ramsay teaches Metals and Jewelry at Lone Star College in Montgomery, TX. From 2002-2008, she was Assistant Professor of Art and coordinator of the Metals area at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Her artistic research has led her to work in Kiryu, Japan as a visiting artist and in Fiskars, Finland, where, during a two month residency, she studied Finnish Design and Feltmaking near the arctic circle. Ramsay’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is part of the Georgia World Congress Center Collection in Atlanta, GA. Her work is included in “We Knit Graffiti” and in “100 Felt Objects”, both forthcoming from Lark Books. Ramsay received her BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and MFA from Syracuse University.