Inside the Studio

Jenny Gray

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
My recent work explores the concept of how small ‘bits’ or fragments of information, such as DNA, cells, microbes, etc., can play huge roles in life. A second theme that has run through my work for years is the act of covering, layering, hiding, censoring, and the control I possess to only show part of the story. We all have and use this power everyday to show people only what we want to show them about ourselves, both physically and psychologically.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I have received is to work in the studio every day, even if you are just cleaning up. It’s important to be in the habit of working and thinking about the work everyday.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I always work with music, and it has to be pretty fast music.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
It would be a portrait of my husband and myself done by my sister.

Who are your favorite writers?
Bukowski, and I love reading biographies of artists.