Joy Ray makes abstract drawings and paintings with thread, spray paint, fabric, paper and plaster. Employing these elemental materials in a refined minimalist palette, her work evokes mysteries—petroglyphs, dream languages, intercepted signals, lost civilizations. Drawing on asemic/automatic writing, her process embraces spontaneity and intuition. She seeks to transcend the limitations of written language, and yet her lexicon of marks, symbols and insistent gestures organize themselves into schematic, linguistic compositions. Joy Ray received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied art history in Italy. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Hawaii.