FRANCESCA BRAY: Beneath the Surface
5-27 March 2016
Presented on vintage NHS x-ray lightboxes Bray illuminates those things out of plain sight. Drawing on scientific
imaging techniques, referencing the use of light and colour, whether natural or artificial. Her work investigates forms
found in nature from microscopic crystal formations and the structure of cancer cells to the shapes of underwater
organisms or the fractal patterns of rivers.
The delicate materials and intricate methods employed in Bray’s lightboxes continue in her works on paper - stitched
compositions involving watercolour and gold leaf. All her work asks the viewer to examine and revere these forms, as
they would specimens in a lab or museum, at once beautiful and frightening.