Reviews

“Ramsaran is an exquisite essayist of dreams, a poet of allegory and imagery quivering just this side of the real. The images are real alright, but in their hybrid otherworldliness, poised between the mineral and the vegetal, they appear unconnected to any one realm of reality”……..Okwui Enwezor, art critic, independent curator and Editor of NKA: A Journal of Contemporary African Art


“Ritual, symbolism and spirituality recur and enchant in th sculptures of Helen Evans Ramsaran, who’s capable of stretching her aesthetic wings mightily, especially in her larger works”………..Curtia James, Port Folio Magazine


“Helen Evans Ramsaran distills the essence of African and other cultures to drive a personal idiom. Her forms are suggestively organic. Shrines, amulets, and other hand-made paper objects are infused with strange metaphysical significance; they seem like fossilized detritus from some timeless religious ritual”……Carl Hazlewood, Art Critic and Independent Curator


“Ramsaran’s work directs our entry into the soul of ancient civilizations where ritual and ceremony were tantamount to the existence of the group. Storing up information in her psyche about Africa, Mexico and Japan has helped her to spew out an amalgamation of various cultural idioms. What we sense is the common spirit of many different ancient civilizations in their quest for order and purpose in their lives embedded in religion and rituals. These solemn rituals allude to the spirit and within that spirit the soul resides, forever telling its ancient story to the world”…………Eloise Johnson, Ph.D, Curator, Southern University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


“Her vignette-like compositions, which abound in forms implying, variously, dwellings made from branches, shrubs, spears, even figures are the most elegant pieces in the show”…….Vivien Raynor, The New York Times,


“Helen Evans Ramsaran is inspired by the cultures and aesthetics of Asia, Africa and Mexico (where she has traveled extensively). She creates organic abstractions in bronze, which radiate an austere and haunting beauty that is the artist’s signature. Often abstracted from creatures and forms found in the natural and human-created world-exotic mammals, reptiles, architectural structures, and sacred burial mounds-Ramsaran’s work move far beyond their initial inspirations. The skeletal infrastructure of her Prehistoric Giraffe, for example, is veiled in little more than a delicate patina. Yet, its surfaces give the effect of having eroded over many years of exposure to the elements, making this otherworldly specter of a stooping giraffe both a timeless and an universal totem.”……..Lisa Farrington, Ph.D. Art Historian and author, Creating their Own Image, The History of African-American Women Artists.