Lovely, Dark and Deep

by Grace Mikell Ramsey

Working from my own experiences, memories, and fears, my paintings function in a narrative space between fantasy and reality. I explore themes of womanhood, using elements of ritual, magic, and religious iconography to give color and light to what is kept hidden or left unsaid.

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*Oil on canvas.

Grace Mikell Ramsey lives in Jersey City, New Jersey and is an Assistant Professor of Art at William Paterson University where she teaches painting and drawing. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Tulane University in 2012 was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award that year. In 2014 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant. Her work has been shown nationally, including at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Gallery, and the Art Fair 14C Juried Show in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her work has been published in the Oxford American, Artvoices, Arkansas Life, The Idle Class, and Momma Tried.