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p 15 Architecture of the soul AN EMBLEM FOR BELIZE BY PATRICIA AINSLIE


WITH A BACKGROUND IN PHILOSOPHY, AFRICAN ART HISTORY, GRAPHIC ART AND RENAISSANCE FRESCO RESTORATION, CAROLINE RAMERSDORFER HAS FOLLOWED THE COURSE OF A SCULPTOR SINCE COMPLETING A DIPLOMA IN SCULPTURE AND ENVIRONMENT AT THEACADEMY OF FINEARTS IN CARRARA, ITALY IN 1988. SHE HAS SPENT TIME IN JAPAN, WHERE SHE ABSORBED THE NOTION OF BALANCE, BOTH MENTAL AND STRUCTURAL. THERE SHE ALSO LEARNED TO BE TRUE TO MATERIALS, AND THAT ALL MATTER HAS AN ANIMUS THAT ENERGIZES IT. BORN INAUSTRIA, SHE NOW SPLITS HER TIME BETWEEN HER STUDIO IN THEADIRONDACKS IN UPSTATE NEWYORK, CARRARA IN ITALY ANDAUSTRIA. HER EXHIBITIONS HAVE COMBINED SCULPTURE, VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPHY, CALLIGRAPHY, POETRY AND MUSIC.


Ramersdorfer is attracted to symposia as they drop her into a situation in which she can have direct and intimate contact with the local people and learn about their lives, their customs and their aspirations. It is also an opportunity to make local people part of the creative process. Ramersdorfer was attracted to Belize due to the ancient civilization of the Mayas, as well as the stunning geography and geology.


In her sculpture she seeks an active process to create a bridge between art, world cultures and the human experience. While in Belize, Ramersdorfer was inspired by her visit to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave (ATM) which she described as “breathtaking.” For her, it was an experience like entering the bowels of the earth, of a pristine beautiful world, with layers of heaven and the underworld.


The concept for her work in Belize was an extension of her previous Inner View series which had webs of criss-crossed columns and pointed cone-like forms in a series of square frames, like the organic interiors of ancient caves with mineral deposits of stalactites and stalagmites that grow over time. In Belize, Ramersdorfer carved three large slabs about four feet wide in an irregular square by four inches in depth. Each of the blocks was prepared for her, cut with two sides and two edges smooth and the other two edges left


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