Ray Mack (b. 1985) grew up in the small town of Ellensburg, Washington. She received her BA in Studio Arts from Bard College and her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012. Mack's work combines a childish sense of humor and style with the oil painting technique, compositional eye, and art historical references of a well trained and highly skilled artist. Using what she calls a "shoplifting mentality toward making," her paintings riff off works by well known dudes, using humor to insert her own perspective into a male-dominated view of the art historical canon. Integrating recognizable historical elements, these paintings transform the source material from well understood cultural documents to ambiguous markers of a contemporary moment. The material is the past but the product is the present. Her work has been exhibited and published both internationally and nationally.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.