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Corinna Ray

Email: cray19@vols.utk.edu
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Education: Birmingham-Southern College, BFA

Corinna Herndon Ray is a contemporary sculptor from coastal Alabama. In 2010, she received her BFA with a concentration in both printmaking and photography from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, she moved back to the coast and worked as a graphic designer with a marketing firm in Fairhope, Alabama. Ray soon became the principal designer and continued working with the firm for the next three years. Currently, she is attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee pursuing her MFA, as well as holding a graduate teaching position in sculpture. Her background in printmaking and photography reveals itself in her use of pattern, perspective, and repeated forms, and she attributes her ability to establish direct material and conceptual relationships to her time spent in the marketing world.

My work is inspired by human ecology, or the adaptations of organisms to their environments. I examine the structure of human existence in space and how we arrive, depart, create, and control our environments. I am interested in the tenuous and uncomfortable nature of “passing through” and human ideas about our role in relation to natural occurrences. Whether humans are faced with death, gravity or the accumulation of weeds in a garden, our urge to manage is a perpetual battle of futility that fascinates me and is the topic of my work.

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