Glasgow School of Fine Art Sculpture & Environmental Art

Rebecca Ramage

My work usually ends up looking like shrines; sometimes intentional and sometimes not. I am obsessed with obsession and I allow my work to indulge in the thoughts and questions that keep me up at night. In saying that I don’t really stick to any one particular theme, I use my practice as my own personal research which constantly evolves and accumulates. I believe in the power of the sketchbook and I like making my own materials and imitating other objects. I love being an artist because I can play the part of gardener, writer, researcher, explorer or whatever suits, the only constant is my own personal interpretation that is also in a state of continuous change.

Shame For Sale
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Shame For Sale

Can private matters remain private when displayed in public places?

If shame can be had, can it be given?

And if it can be given, can it be sold?

In this work of contradictions my aim is to interpret ideas concerning vulnerability in opening up about feelings of shame. Themes of responsibility and permission are also suggested throughout the work. In a time where I am becoming more aware of my identity as a young woman as well as an artist, I am trying to understand my own personal barriers as I seek to create a connection in this project between the personal and the professional. In Shame For Sale I put a part of myself on display and prompt the viewer to do the same through participation.

Front full view of 'Shame for Sale' installation. (100cm x 200cm x 200cm, Wood, steel, tulle, acrylic, soil, concrete, magnifying glass).
For Sale: Price on Request
View when entering the work at eye level. Image is taken standing on the first concrete slab.
Detail image taken whilst looking down. 'Don't Peek' is embroidered on the kneeling pillow. 'Don't Ask , Don't Tell' is carved into the concrete slabs.
Close-up image of acrylic 'broken' house. ( 50cm x 50 cm x 45cm, clear perspex , magnifying glass).
Close-up view seen when kneeling on the pillow provided , looking into the magnifying glass window . The word 'Shame' is found on a miniature property 'For Sale' sign.
View from outside the installation with a viewer interacting with the work. Viewers can also view the work without entering and in doing so are able to watch viewers "on display" inside.

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