Rosenthal Gallery

1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28301

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The Body as a Photographic Narrative works by Gray Lyons

Artist Gray Lyons is a contemporary photographer that uses a 19th-century monochrome photographic printing process called cyanotype.  As the name suggest, the process creates cyan-blue images that are both ethereal and hauntingly beautiful.


Artist Statement

My images are narrative-based self-portraits, focusing on issues of identity. These photographs are an examination of the female body and the self. It is my intention to unify the functioning and experiential body and the remnants of the body’s story. The body as an instrument of exploration grants a point of entry to its history, memory, and experience. Using the figure directly to make the artwork lessens the distance between the process and the completed object. Through investigating its surface and boundaries, I interrogate desire, compulsion, imagination, gender and ritual. These enactments are a way to understand an experience through the use of the body rather than the use of the mind – a physical resolution rather than an intellectual one. The purpose of the work is to use the body to describe a set of narratives, personal and historical, actual and imagined. In my photographs, I seek to interpret and reframe these narratives, in an effort to expand the dialogue that surrounds the female body.

— Gray Lyons