artist statement: BEyond/within

I’m kind of obsessed with the end of the world. Everything seems precarious right now, and I find myself thinking: what if it all goes sideways?

In my new body of work, “Post-Apocalyptic Petroglyphs,” I merge paint and textiles to create what I think of as mysterious artifacts from the end (or maybe the rebirth) of civilization.

Using highly-textured materials such as wool, plaster and sand, I explore how visual communication might be used in dire circumstances: to covertly signal others, to communicate with the gods (casting spells), to document cryptic histories.

I’m fascinated by mysteries: secret societies, lost languages, magic, ancient ruins. Recent volcanic eruptions near my home on the Big Island of Hawaii were a reminder of the power of unseen forces.

When it comes to perception and belief, what is real vs imagined? What comes from Beyond, and what comes from Within?

Just because something isn’t visible, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

BIO

Joy Ray’s textile paintings grapple with the tantalizingly unknowable: secret codes, sinister conspiracies, dark rituals, the occult. Her work is defined by a bold, minimalist palette and richly textured materials including twine, wool, sand and plaster. Joy Ray received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied art history in Italy. She lives and works on the Big Island of Hawaii and in Los Angeles, and exhibits her work nationally.

Exhibitions

2019

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

New School Abstract, Shockboxx, Hermosa Beach CA

Art Under Cover, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles CA

3Elements, Issue #24 (Effigy, Sleepwalk, Wane) (upcoming)

7th Annual Coaster Show, Gallery 30 South, Pasadena CA (upcoming)

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

Woven Stories, Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster CA

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, Bronxville NY

Sarah Lawrence in Florence

 

Professional Development

Member, Los Angeles Art Association - 2018-2019

Member, Surface Design Association - 2017-2019

Kipaipai, Joshua Tree CA (with Andi Campognone, Betty Ann Brown, Shana Nys Dambrot, James Panozzo, Walter Maciel, Aria Corinne Gannon, Ray Beldner, Alex Couwenberg, Sanie Andres, Mike O’Connor) - 2017

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

 

Collections

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

 
Photo by Eric Minh Swenson

Photo by Eric Minh Swenson



“Tapies, Burri and Twombly stand as potent predecessors for Ray...the Rothko-like stillness framed by the black voids of Ray’s paintings.”

- Betty Ann Brown (Art and Cake)


“ART PICK: an evocative and haunting collision of black and white paint, burying hints of letters, words and other vestiges of communication under a seemingly random splatter of entropic plaster.”

- Falling James (LA Weekly)


“An absolute architect when it comes to textural composition, but what I love most about her work is that it reads like emotional archeology. If one could excavate human energies, this is what it would look like.”

- Shayla M. Alarie (@artsy_historian)


“The deep, lush, and highly sculptural works prepare viewers for the end of days with beauty and grace…There is something both alchemic and tribal in her approach and in the finished works. There appear to be layers within layers, not just texturally, but with elliptical meaning seething just out of reach, ready to emerge in the fullness of time.”

- Genie Davis, Diversions LA (article)