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My artwork incorporates objects I have collected or found, often while on walks in the outdoors or while exploring second-hand shops.  The materials I gather are both manmade and natural and are often aged or eroded in some way--evidencing change.  I integrate collected objects into my work as a metaphor for the cycle of physical change by which all materials and objects are affected, including myself.  This process provides a vehicle for me to consider my place on earth and my part in nature.

My art making is informed by my experience of making and teaching jewelry for over 30 years. I create pieces utilizing techniques and processes rooted in jewelry making. However, the majority of my artwork is sculptural, providing a larger format to apply my ideas and incorporate the multitude of objects that I collect.

While arranging found objects in my studio to compose an artwork, I watch as relationships develop between new and old objects and listen to the dialogue that occurs within myself contemplating existence in nature relative to the past, present and future.  I understand that my physical body is composed of similar matter as the eroding objects that I collect and begin to comprehend nature’s life-to-death-to-life cycle. I create objects of meditation on my relationship to nature while additionally exploring celebration of place, recycling and collecting, and expressing my concern for environmental preservation.

Chris Ramsay received a BFA at the University of Michigan (1983/Jewelry) and MFA from Texas Tech University (1986/Metals) and has been teaching jewelry and metals courses at Oklahoma State University since 1990. He served as Head of the OSU Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History from 2008-2012.  Ramsay has presented metals workshops and lectures internationally in universities and craft schools including Univ. of Georgia Study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy, Arrowmont, Penland and Haystack. In 2016/17 he was recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship where he explored new CAD/CAM technologies and their applications. Ramsay has been awarded artist residencies at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Acadia National Park in Maine, Crater Lake N.P. in Oregon, and recipient of a Haystack Open Studio Residency. Ramsay’s artwork is included in several personal and permanent collections including the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Children’s Hospital of Cleveland, OH; and the botanical gardens of Southern Living Magazine, Birmingham, AL. 

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Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.