Joy Gray primarily works with wire. Creating larger than life wire birds, rusted nests, small framed, wire bird sculptures, and miniature wire birds displayed in lockets, she plays with the balance between chaos and control.
Within all her birds, which are urban birds, mostly crows, there is a mass of jumbled lines. This is then layered and binded together until it takes shape. Initially inspired by the spontaneity of a scribbled doodle of a bird, the wire enables Joy to recreate this in sculptural form.
In contrast to this hard material, she also practises Irish crochet (irish lace), mostly with very fine mercerised cotton and vintage threads. This always tends to become sculptural. The 'nests' in 'Prelude' and in all of her 'nest maker' series are crocheted with fine thread, then stiffened.
Gallery 1608, Bushmills
No.4 Queen's Street, Coleraine
The Yard, Belfast
Kingfisher Gallery, Killyleagh
The Old Post Office, Lisbane
Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick