Gray's recent work explores the concept of how small “bits” or fragments of information, such as DNA, cells, microbes, etc. play huge roles in life.
A second theme that runs through her work is the act of covering, layering, hiding, censoring and the control needed to only show part of the story. She believes we all have and use this power everyday to show people only what we want to show them about ourselves, both physically and psychologically.
Working with these ideas, Gray creates layered abstract oil on canvas paintings with “informational fragments”—some completely covered, some behind translucent layers, some prominently on the surface. Her paintings’ layers, textures and drawings tell personal stories of her explorations, but she also intends for her canvases to encourage the viewer to discover and see their own evolving stories.
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