Woodcut with laser engraving
19 x 24 inches
Kasey Ramirez’ work explores the tension between stability and impermanence by placing architectural structures in consuming environments. As a firsthand witness to Superstorm Sandy, and in the wake of increasingly frequent severe storms, her personal sense of vulnerability connects with the impending tipping point of climate change. In her drawings and prints, buildings become a stand-in for humans, a metaphor for manmade efforts to create shelter that are ultimately vulnerable to environmental extremes.
Vacillating between depiction and abstraction, her work aims to realize environmentally charged psychological states as spatial images, residing somewhere between landscapes and composited worlds of marks and scrapes, haze and dust. Her works frequently derive from construction sites and other architectural spaces, often filtered through memory or dreams. These starting points become transformed, abstracted, and sometimes obliterated through drawing, revision, and reduction. Many of these structures are skeletal, shown either before their completion or after their destruction. The resulting images contain a sense of rise and collapse, of construction and disintegration that mirrors the precarious state in which humans find themselves in the twenty-first century.
While Ramirez’ practice is rooted in drawing, she employs the visual language of printmaking to both support and provide a counterpoint to her imagery. She enjoys the alchemical properties of printmaking—how the surface of wood can become air, how it can be at once an assertively flat surface and a spatial, breathing image. She find the processes of physical erosion or destruction resonate with the features of these disasters.