Jen Ray

Jen Ray

Jen Ray

“I began by painting on porcelain but felt that I wanted to take the time to investigate other means of making artworks. I eventually created a sculptural object using something common, unglamorous and dangerous (an axe) and married it with the traditional porcelain flowers of MEISSEN®. This enabled me to make my own statement about MEISSEN® tradition and history.” 

Born in 1970 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jen Ray lives and works in Berlin and New York City. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries in New York, Berlin and Paris. She is currently represented by Wentrup, based in Berlin, Germany. In 2013 she was nominated for the Canson Prix 2013 Drawing Prize and her work can be seen in Phaidon's Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing.

Jen Ray produces large-format drawings, sculptures and video and performance installations, creating a world where Amazonian militants march across dystopian landscapes, fantasy spaces are occupied by rebels, and provocateurs pose in resplendent decadence. Her work speaks the language of social decay and upheaval, populated by female soldiers, deviants, and troublemakers loosely obeying orders with an attitude beyond reproach. The artist often draws on a wide variety of cultural references, from ukiyo-e prints and The Slits to Leonora Carrington.