Stumbling Block: Jessica Ramm

2 Oct 2021 – 12 Nov 2021

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Edinburgh Printmakers

Scotland, United Kingdom


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With the aid of a children's chemistry set and a selection of household chemicals, Jessica Ramm presents a cycle of prints that evidence everyday magic.


Jessica Ramm's chemical and physical experiments propose alternative ways of navigating humanity's symbiotic relationship with the material environment while paying particular attention to the extravagance of human aspiration. Her printed images focus on relationships of contingency, depicting states of being that are conditioned by external factors or subject to unforeseen effects.

In contrast to the heavy, sticky and dusty materials Jessica encounters when making sculpture, her printed images focus on material relationships that are normally too fleeting to be noticed. The medium of print makes it possible for her to propose visions of surreal spaces in which elemental forces are held at bay. Like pristine images of beaches and blue skies found in travel brochures, they present spaces and relationships laid out for the appreciation of the camera's eye.

Her construction process involves taking a digital photograph and breaking it apart to separate out various wavelengths of light. These are then reconstructed by hand, laying down washes of transparent colour on white paper to produce an object that has more in common with dreams than with documentary photographs.

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