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.