MUD WOMAN | Fay Ray | June 13 - August 22, 2015 | press release
Realised in three mediums - collage, painting and sculpture - Fay Ray's work considers ideas about the female body. Black and white photomontage hue closest to her early Dada collages. Ray gathers ordinary objects often within her home and with textures that interest her, which she then photographs, configuring their torn fragments into black and white composites.
This print was made in refernece to an outdoor wall project by Los Angeles artist Fay Ray who shares her passion for clay and ceramics by producing new meaning for the term Mud Women. The work was on view from June 13, 2015 to August 22, 2015. Fay Ray’s work teems with vital unconventional values that focus on conditions of the female body. Her photographs, collages, and sculptures have unassuming visual cues that are positioned between fashion and nature, and sometimes even pleasure and horror. When Ray’s images and ideas are discovered, we find an untroubled spirit at their core in artworks that contain views on strength, injustice, and intellect. On first observation, there seems to be no direct link to personal struggle, however on second read, the artist’s bond to rebellion and self-respect begin to appear. Ray has identified clay culture as a basis for study and expression. While this may not seem to engage any type of social resistance requiring personal action, the notion of Mud Women as a form of shared social honor is exclaimed in this new outdoor wall work, which faces La Cienega Boulevard at the southeast corner of Venice and La Cienega Boulevards in Los Angeles. A visual fragment of two muddied hands holding a blossom symbolizes the process of revision and emergence as related to situations and acclimations of the female body. The softening element of a fragile flower against the earthen openness of two human hands is analogous to marking that which represents woman as nature while it still functions inside a cultural environment.