Ray's primary thematic concerns center around containment, integration, isolation, and self-sufficiency. A leader in Conceptual Realism, Ray's best work offers a metaphor for the gap between the literal and the symbolic (or the known and the unknown).
His art is compelling in its representation
The French-born artist Annette Messager works with a tremendously wide range of materials: manipulated photographs, embroidery, netting, random household objects, and stuffed animals (both the toy kind and the taxidermist kind). In many of her installations, the objects are suspended by yarn from the