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Fay Ray

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Untitled, 2012 Acrylic, Foam, Hydrocal, Various Plastics and Baskets on Canvas 108 X 72 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser
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Triangular Space , 2012 Hydrocal, Palm Fawn, Jute, Clay, Acrylic Paint 6 Feet X 8 Feet © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser Gallery
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Sentimental Slit, 2014 Archival Inkjet Prints and PVA Adhesive 30 X 40 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Samuel Freeman Gallery
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Intimacy, 2012 Hydrocal and Queen Conch Shell 1 Foot X 6 Feet X 4 Feet © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser Gallery
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A Sculpture A Day: Candle, Ongoing series beginning in 2014. Archival Inkjet Print 8 Inches X 11 Inches
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A Sculpture A Day: Cigarette, Ongoing series beginning in 2014. Archival Inkjet Print 8 Inches X 11 Inches
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A Sculpture A Day: Wine Glass, Ongoing series beginning in 2014. Archival Inkjet Print 8 Inches X 11 Inches
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Release No. 1, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 11 Inches X 14 Inches
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Release No. 2, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 11 Inches X 14 Inches
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Release No. 3, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 11 Inches X 14 Inches
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Release No. 4 , 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 11 Inches X 14 Inches
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Modeling Clay, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 20 Inches X 25 Inches
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Cutting Flowers, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 20 Inches X 25 Inches
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Juicing, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 20 Inches X 25 Inches
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Untitled #1, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print 18.5 X 14 Inches
Quick Facts
Schools
Otis College of Art and Design
Columbia University
Statement

 

Object-fetishism, ritualized behaviors, female identity construction and the conditions of the body are all themes in Fay Ray’s work. 

In her photo-based pieces she composes dense accumulations of images to represent a female psychological appetite. Consumption, desire and commodity culture are the pool from which she sources most of her imagery in order to create a simultaneous sense of anxiety and enticement, longing and rejection.

Most recently she has been using the languages of devotion and proportion as they relate to large-scale painting and sculpture, specifically approaching them as masculine traditions in art.  Starting from her physical scale and working outward, she utilizes mono–chromatic surfaces in order to create an equal balance between form and texture, slightly disrupting the surface with traces of the body.  Rope, ash, vessels, bikinis, dead palms and bits of ceramic are also included in the compositions as reference to and collected from everyday life in Los Angeles.

It is Ray’s goal to present works that reflect both close truths and distant constructs that are constantly at play in the formation of the self; along with ideas of femininity in relationship to cultural hierarchies.

Fay Ray received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2005. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, New York and internationally.