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Pedro Ramalho
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  • Bath
  • United Kingdom
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Website
http://www.pedroRamalho.co.uk
Relationship status
single
College / University
Bath Spa University
Program / Degree
MA Fine Art
Graduation
September 29, 2009
Member type
Artist
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
About my artwork
My art work has developed from the interrelation between two egos, how a person perceives him/herself, while at the same time watching other people. The ‘contemporaneous’ panopticism, like the glass airport corridors, where people can see each other, but can’t have any physical contact; at the same time they are physically close, a question of meters, but they don’t know each other; where they come from or where they are going?
How the relation between human beings creates ‘psychological distances and physical approaches’ the process of representing a feeling or emotion, has been an ongoing struggle in my work. “Psychological distances and physical proximity” are feelings interrelated with space, not only the physicality of the space but also the subconscious space related to time. After a period of experiment with various mediums, I decided the best method to represent the referred feelings is without doubt by creating models of imaginary situations. In this case with endless combinations of being structured differently.
For me it is a subject with endless outcomes. All societies are different, as are their ways of living and interpretation of life. I like to look more deeply and subjectively at society in my work.
Jean Paul Sartre wrote, ‘In Being and Nothingness’: “What I constantly aim at across my experiences are the Other’s feelings, the Other’s ideas, the Other’s volitions, the Other’s character. This is because the Other is not only the one whom I see but the one who sees me.” This quotation sums up the main subject of what my work represents.
The mirror scene’s are influenced and shaped by a life-long preoccupation with the self, the viewer participates as both performer and subject. The self consciousness of being observed and the relation of himself observing.
The representation of uncanny spaces, expressed utopian ideals of the rejection of certain spaces with the assumption that the space embodies our own paranoia.
My choice to colour the figures has the purpose of removing any kind of personality the spectator may give to them. Creating a uniform society.
By using familiar objects, the physical materials of everyday life, I pretend to create a familiar environment for the spectator. At the same time, the viewer will be aware of a psychological distance from the object created by use of an old aged piece of furniture.
I am creating an atmosphere of voyeurism in the spaces I have been creating, as if someone is playing God.

After my experimentations with models I have turned these surrealist spaces into photography, without excluding the main subject, Psychological distances and physical approaches; I started to create alienated narratives. ‘Without talk’ is a work representing three figures in a situation of anxiety, waiting for someone, or something to happen, is a representation of anxiety and fear, where we can access the higher levels of consciousness, apparent in the waking dream state. . The atmosphere created is reminiscent of scenes from Bunuels film Viridiana, where the two female characters are always uncomfortable in each others presence. It is this intriguing tension that I continually emphasize and refine in my work.

I approach painting with the concept of simulated environments I found this different configuration of a computer image, with black crossbars, created a more filmic feel to the image. The two flat rectangles changed the dimension and depth of the image, almost like the cinema screen.
This apocalyptic approach to painting combines the concept of simulated environments created by computer and some associated images, together with the visualization of my 3D models. Producing works with three main areas, the black crossbars, the abstract background and the figurative representation the models and space.
Centre of the artworld:
London, Beijing, my studio, nowhere and everywhere

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