Julia C R Gray
Julia C R Gray has shown her work publicly in galleries, group and solo shows across the U.S. since 1996. Gray's artwork has been exhibited at the American Museum of Ceramics, Pomona, the Women's Museum of California, San Diego, at CSU Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, California and San Francisco Art Institute. Gray's paintings and sculptures are collected by private and corporate collectors. Gray received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from San Francisco Art Institute in 2014.
My art praxis, which includes 2-D media, sculptures and installations, conveys an inquiry into identity and memory. Body Memory, an oversize ceramic torso, explores the concept of memory held in the body. Body Memory is based on the experience of identity, of being a particular "self," that is found in the structures accrued in bodily memory. We carry memory in our body. It appears in different forms: situational, inter-corporeal, and traumatic memories are comprised of more than just explicit recollections of the past. They are also embedded in the habitual structure of the body, evidence of one's lived experience. Sometimes the evidence is conveyed through the physical scars, muscle and sinew formation, while other times it is invisible to the viewer. 2-D images are hidden in the interior surfaces of Body Memory, challenging the viewer to consider what is hidden. Fragile/Strength also explores identity and memory through the body and multiple masks of self