Katherine Gray’s practice draws on the rich historical traditions of glassblowing as well as her explorations of the dichotomy that glass embodies, ranging from mundane to the sublime. She often comments on aspects of glass, which make it physically invisible and psychologically absent. The LA Times has praised her works for ‘emphasizing the broad potential of the medium while also showcasing Gray’s very considerable skills,’ and Artforum magazine described her major installation Forest Glass as a ‘neat conceptual maneuver.’
In This Makes Me Think of That, her current exhibition, she shares the intimacy of her own experience as a glass-maker without relying solely on the visual, but rather by inviting our other senses, in particular smell and sound. Gray collaborated with master perfumer Kedra Hart, who created four specially commissioned, hot-shop evoking scents: Wax, Paper, Block and Sleeve. Other works include a sound piece entitled Back and Forth, Untitled, a limited edition photographic wall banner and A Rainbow Like You, an outsized spectral rainbow projection recalling stained glass windows with a reverse premise and implications.
Katherine Gray studied at Ontario College of Art and received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of American Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Gray is an Associate Professor at California State University San Bernardino.