Exhibit: Black and White with a Touch of Color by Donna Ray
“Black and White with a touch of color; is not a statement or just a title. It is the way I see images and the colors I see them as, in a kaleidoscope pattern of distribution black, white and grays.” ~ Donna Ray
Ray’s solo exhibition, “Black and White with a Touch of Color” running from April 15-May 31 grasps the fantastical anthropomorphic and abstract creatures while balancing creativity with practicality and historical conversation.
This exhibit is in connection with the Buffalo High School’s ceramics project, led by art teacher Jon Holtz in which students create ceramic bowls, auction the art and donate the proceeds to further support artists with disabilities. Ray presented to the students on February 19 describing her practice, the barriers, and pivots of being an artist with a visual disability, and the excitement of learning from fellow artists.
As a ceramic artist Ray works with her visual disability, or as she calls it “differently-abled”, using tactile recognition and color research to create sculptural art which reflects conceptualized identification. Ray tells us in the end, regardless of your creativity, “Always write about your art. Always write about your art even if it's on a postcard. Someway, somehow tell your story.”
"I identify as a visually impaired, very blind, proud woman of color. I wear my disability with honor, and yet it is only one-sixteenth of who I am as an individual. My disability is from birth and has never stopped me from living an exciting and extraordinary life.
Living and experiencing life through my ceramics is like food to my soul. It always reminds me of exactly who I am and where I am journeying in this world as a disabled individual.
When I write these sentences, I am speaking about inclusion in our existence in the total artistic society within the rest of humanity. Over the years I searched for mentors of other severely visually impaired female ceramists. I have yet to find them in the State of Minnesota.
I received my art education from Bloomington Art Center, now known as Artistry and the Northern Clay Center (NCC). Through my professional development, I am humbled to receive multiple honors, awards, and exhibitions. I have been part of the ROHO Collective at the Copeland Gallery and MRAC Midway Gallery, the Minnesota Women’s Ceramic Artists show at the MSP Airport, Foot in the Door 5 at MIA, and the Emerging Artists Show at NCC; just to name a few. I was honored with receiving the BISQUE Residency at the NCC in 2019 and The Workshop Residency in 2021. My proudest moments are receiving the HOPE Grant and being featured in studiopotter.org.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the show." ~ Donna Ray
Special Thanks | Laurie Ryan, Richard Vincent, Kyle Rudy-Kholehepp and the Northern Clay Center, Buffalo High School, Jon Holtz, Carrie Schmitt, Justas Emery, Mackay Warner, and all the students in Ceramics 2 Buffalo High Art class.
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