Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

gray lyons

night swim

("These works are large-scale cyanotypes. They are life-sized images of the body, created by using the body (or various surrogates for the body) as a photographic negative, directly on the paper. They range in size from 44"x30" to 66"x150", and are made from sets of 22" x 30" panels.")


("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 is a photographer and installation artist whose work addresses themes of memory, history, sexuality and self. She has received degrees from Bard College at Simon's Rock, Savannah College of Art and Design and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and can be found in the collections of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, the Siena Art Institute Library, the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur and the Brauer Museum of Art. Ms. Lyons has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Georgetown College, Goucher College and other venues. Her studio is in South Bend, Indiana.