Knoxville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Performance, Installation
Corinna Ray (b. 1988) is an artist living and working in Knoxville, TN. She is originally from coastal Alabama and received her BFA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Photography from Birmingham-Southern College. She is currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Tennessee.
Pretending and putting on airs is not different than objects feigning function when they don’t. The Duchampian bachelor machine is non-functioning in its intended purpose. It refuses or is unable to produce; yet it chugs away at another task tirelessly forever or finally breaks down. I notice this kind of performance behavior in looking at material illusions: the suggestion of space in relief, trompe l’oeil effects, gold leaf, faux finishes as well as other surface treatments and facades. I am interested in the relationship between these physical elements and human behaviors as they describe failures of illusion.
An aversion to disguise combined with my loyalty to the “it is what it is” sentiment has lead my constructions to be casual and my tricks to stay exposed. There’s something very truthful about simple balance, feats of gravity and two objects or people touching one another.
By establishing prompts or setting up a space, I create other versions of utopia in their simultaneous somewhere-ness and nowhere-ness; a utopian “good place” that is “no place”. In viewing these pieces through the lens of dance and play, I see the elements as individuals posing or making a scene. The conditions facilitate a temporary moment where these subjects can be themselves rather than pretending. This work asks questions about the integrity of materials and the truth behind surfaces.