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Mary Ramsden

Plate Lick (Purple)

WhiteChapel Gallery

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Limited Edition Etching

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Plate Lick (2015) Mary Ramsden

Medium: Sugar lift aquatint and spit bite etching.

Limited Editions

Edition of 35, signed and numbered recto.

About the Work

Mary Ramsden’s paintings explore the space between virtual images and the object. Usings rags and brushes as well as her own hands, she produces marks and textures that allude to the cropping and zooming methods of a digital operator and the swipe action that activates a smart phone. For her edition for the Whitechapel Gallery Ramsden has made a single gesture or ‘swipe’ directly onto the copper etching plate, which has then been printed to create a varied edition of 35 sugar lift aquatints.

This edition was produced to accompany Ramsden’s paintings on display in The London Open 2015, the Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open submission exhibition, from 15 July–6 September 2015.

About the Artist

British artist Mary Ramsden was born in 1984, and has studied at the Royal Academy, London, Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art, Edinburgh. Her works are known for being “unapologetically painterly” but are always abstract in composition and strategic in refusal of referential readings. A sense of simplicity and compositional unity belies the complexity of their making. Ramsden decisively applies layers of paint using brushes and rags as well as her own hands, but subsequently wipes them away to create gradual build up of repetitive layers through the conflicting actions of doing and undoing. The artist’s gesture takes centre stage, but not only the energised swing of the arm but the aftermath of the action.


Dimensions: 30.6 x 25.6 cm ([12.05 x 10.08 inches)

Produced by the artist with Holding Page, London.

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