“Hauntingly evocative”

I’ve always been drawn to mysteries: secret societies, lost languages, parallel worlds, the occult. That sense of reaching towards the unknowable, searching for clues, trying to understand an unseen whole through an examination of unexplained parts, is something I explore through my work. My process is intentionally spontaneous, inspired by automatic writing. I’m drawn to stark, minimalist colors and tactile, rough materials—twine, wool, cement, plaster. I imagine my work as artifacts discovered by a future archeologist, clues to an unknown civilization. Marks and gestures evoke fears and hopes, plans and prayers; textures and layers suggest the corrosive effect of time and conflict.

Joy Ray received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied art history in Italy. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

 

Exhibitions

2019

Beyond/Within, Two Person Exhibition, Launch LA, Los Angeles CA (upcoming)

Woven Stories, MOAH, Lancaster CA (upcoming)

Transformative Forces: Creation Through Destruction, Kahilu Galleries, Waimea HI

2018

Miniature Art Show, Shockboxx, Hermosa Beach CA

Hawaii Craftsmen 51st Annual Statewide Exhibition, Honolulu HI

Don't Shoot Me Down, Shockboxx, Hermosa Beach CA

Mini Hot! Popup Exhibition, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Art of Labor, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose CA

Abstract Only!, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI

1st Annual Women's Exhibition, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI

In Black and White, Springfield Art Association, Springfield IL

Intersections -- Considering Imbalance, Kahilu Theater Galleries, Waimea HI

stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco CA

Not Just Drawing -- A Line With Intent, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL

Small Works Exhibition, NAWA Gallery, New York NY

Red Hot Wicked 2, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Postcard Art, Shoebox Gallery, Los Angeles CA

 

2017

Hawaii Contemporary Arts Exhibit 2017, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI

2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI

Small Works: SDA at 40, Surface Design Association, Portland OR

Signal and noise, site-specific installation, Sonoma CA

Flags of unseen nations, site-specific installation, Santa Monica CA

 

Awards

Honorable Mention, Conceptual Category, Hawaii Contemporary Arts Exhibit 2017, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI (Juror: Patricia Salmon)

Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI (Juror: Mark Mitsuda)

 

Education

Sarah Lawrence College, BA

Sarah Lawrence in Florence

 

Professional Development

Member, Los Angeles Art Association - 2018

Kipaipai, Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa HI (with Andi Campognone, Betty Ann Brown, Shana Nys Dambrot, Merry Akane Karnowsky, James Panozzo) - 2017

 

Collections

Works held in private collections in California, New York, Washington and Hawaii

 
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