PRESS RELEASE INFO “Gypsy Ray, Photographs” an exhibition of photographic work dating back to the 1980’s, currated by Anna O’Sullivan, Directoor of the Butler Gallery is on show at the Butler Gallery until June 21, 2015. She was also awarded the 2015 Kilkenny County Council Arts Office Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary. Her drawings have been included in several RHA juried exhibitions during the last few years. She has also been an invited artist to the same exhibition. Her drawings and photographs have continued to be exhibited: TOWNLANDS exhibitions 2009,2010, EARTHWORKS solo exhibition for the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013. A complete resume is included on this blog. During 2014 and 2009 Gypsy Ray completed residencies for both County Carlow Arts Office and County Kilkenny Arts Office where during both she engaged the communities while focusing on her own artist practice. Ray’s work is primarily informed by and focused on photography and drawing and she has exhibited extensively in both group and solo shows in the United States and Europe over the last thirty years. Her photographic work is included in the United States Library of Congress Collections and the Wellcome Trust Collection at the British Museum in London. Her drawings are in private collections such as: Rudolf and Eva Hetzel, Andrew and Tina Kavanagh. She taught photography in art departments at third level for 24 years at various institutions including: University of California Berkeley San Francisco Center, University of California at Santa Cruz Extension Programs, City College of San Francisco and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, USA. She currently is the Arts Facilitator for the Butler Gallery’s 5-6 Women’s Art Programme in Kilkenny, Ireland where she now lives.More of her photographic work and drawings can be viewed on her Flikr site.
This series of drawings, “Concealment”, is deeply rooted in the first hand experience of serious illness, breast cancer, it’s treatment and all else that comes with it. This work began as a private investigation but it has evolved beyond the strictly personal and specific disease.
Each image portrays a human body, although this is not always immediately visible and must be searched out by the viewer. Across the backgrounds I use graphite, lead and coloured pencil to obscure the figure and to create shapes representative of “crossing out” and geometric forms suggestive of medical dressings. It is this tension between revelation and concealment, the gray territory of doubt, which the work sets out to explore.
I need to thank the Kilkenny County Arts Office and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for their support for this specific series