Mary Riggs Ramain is an introspective artist who creates dramatically poetic, photo-based fine art that is both deeply personal and, at the same time, universal. Her innovative approaches are inspired by experimental “accidents” which yield unconventional, yet emotionally-compelling images. She employs symbolism–both iconic and personal–to eloquently express her spiritual vision.
Coming from an art background in drawing, sculpture and painting, Ramain produced her first photographic series TRIUMPH OF THE SOUL (2005-2008) using darkroom manipulations to explore ways to visually depict personal emotions.
STAGES OF HEALING (2006-2008,2014-present) is a series of panoramic internal landscapes of overlapping-in-camera images that reveal the artist herself among personal visual symbols.
NOT MYSELF: A Path to Transcending Trauma (2007-2015) is a self-portrait series created in the man-altered landscape that speaks to her path to personal healing.
Her newest series TOUCHING HEAVEN (begun in 2014) explores her quest for the wisdom and healing in ancient spirituality.
Images within each of the four series are in limited editions of 10 archival inkjet prints with 3 artist’s proofs.
A series of Ramain’s images from NOT MYSELF: A Path to Transcending Trauma has been acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her work has been shown in the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art exhibitions and at the Rayco Gallery exhibitions in San Francisco. Additional exhibition venues include Carolyn Garcia Gallery in the Museum District Eye Center, Houston Center for Photography, and the C.G. Jung Center, among others.
Ramain creates artwork in response to life. Her uniquely-conceived and finely-crafted photographs are thought-provoking, prompting the viewer to consider their own path of spiritual discovery. She continues to explore historical and contemporary processes to most accurately depict her artistic exploration. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.