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Joy Gray

“Sometimes there is chaos in my head, sometimes chaos is all around me. Hard urban birds and fragile moths. It is the resilent spirit of crows that I admire and strive to be like, but the self-destructive tendencies of moths that I fear lies in me. The act of making is as important to me as the work itself. The first Magpie sculptures that I made were '7 For a Secret'. I found the act of binding my deepest secrets into the breasts of these birds, creating animpregnable cage, and with these magpies being publicly displayed and the keepers of my darkest secrets, made me feel very vulnerable but also liberated.

The wire sculptures start as chaotic jumbles, the skill is to preserve this mess while coaxing it into the form. This aspect appeals to me, very much. I love playing with this balance between order and disorder and it is an element which links the wire technique, my pen and ink work and my work with pigment dyes and bleach. Crows, pen and ink works aim to capture the calm, defiant nature of the crows in contrast with the chaos around or within them. Also interested in the "Flow" state when the mind is totally absorbed in a task, shut off from the world around and the meditive state that occurs when doing a repetitive act that needs little thought.”

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