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sunflower house, collage, performance, fiber arts, prints
the sunflower house is a series of works including sculptures, collages, fabric, performance, and repurposed objects.

the painted boy

painted boy, collage, time travel, red coveralls, sculpture, afrofuturism
the painted boy is a series of works that include collage, sculpture, and performance of a journey into the fantastical revealing and creating a narrative for the viewer.

parable of the sunflower house

sunflower house, collage, performance, fiber arts, prints
parable of the sunflower house is a series of collages, assemblages, and performance highlighting ideas of home and family.

santos suenos (guide my way)

retablos, saints, collage, dreams, afrofuturism
santos suenos are based on spanish retablos of saints that are in households for blessings.

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About Ram

Baltimore City

Collage allows a wide use of materials, new and repurpased, to heighten form and language and braid images of humanity, veneration, and the sacred. The mixed media paintings, sculptures, and assemblages journey from a surreal perspective between material and myth, at points of transformation that draw inward to a narrative of hidden memories and dreams.Layers can be built with paints, paper, and repurposed materials to let a unique-nesses emerge within the history of the surfaces and ghosted... more

the painted boy

the painted boy series are a fantasy journey, an open narrative, a familiar dream that follows the painted boy. Worlds where elephants talk, flowers walk with you, and angels hold your hands and you remember you had wings. There is an air of whimsy in remembering, a softness that time allows, but there is also the hints of darkness, the sadness and hurts that are part of a journey and cannot be forgotten. But we move on, following the paths that are set before us...and as with my painting, it isn't about the journey itself but the things encountered and learned along the way...

when faces called flowers float out of the ground...

This series inspired by a poem I would later hear performed by a talented singer at a wonderful dinner party hosted by a great art patron and collector. When he showed me the poem, "when faces called flowers float out of the ground" I was so moved I immediately began this series of paintings, hearing words move soft pink skies, blue mountains and blossoming flowers, a hand softly glides across the landscape...what a joy when I heard the music and the synergy that had happened between the printed word, the colored words, and the spoken song...it came together beautifully...

when faces called flowers float out of the ground
and breathing is wishing and wishing is having-
but keeping is downward and doubting and never
-it's april(yes,april;my darling)it's spring!
yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly
yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be
(yes the mountains are dancing together)

when every leaf opens without any sound
and wishing is having and having is giving-
but keeping is doting and nothing and nonsense
-alive;we're alive,dear:it's(kiss me now)spring!
now the pretty birds hover so she and so he
now the little fish quiver so you and so i
(now the mountains are dancing, the mountains)

when more than was lost has been found has been found
and having is giving and giving is living-
but keeping is darkness and winter and cringing
-it's spring(all our night becomes day)o,it's spring!
all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky
all the little fish climb through the mind of the sea
(all the mountains are dancing;are dancing)

elements of flowers

Flowers are metaphors that heighten form and language. When their features are reimagined new figures emerge that braid images of humanity, veneration, and the sacred.
‘elements of flowers’ includes mixed media paintings, sculptures, and assemblages from a surreal perspective between material and myth, at points of transformation that draw inward to a narrative of hidden memories and dreams.

august simple

Everyday we have a new face," says Clemente. "Everyday we are a new person."
A somnia homo flores...a series of collages using black male images and transforming them into new stories, new faces...This series was inspired by Joseph Beam's In the Life, an anthology of writing by gay black men. I used the series as a chapbook with writings inspired by the book.

Ram's Curated Collection

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