With a deep reverence for the processes and mechanisms of our inner landscape, North Carolina-based artist Jean Gray Mohs seamlessly merges the worlds of science and spirit in her stunning abstract creations. Drawing on her lived experience as a person with chronic illness and past disability, Jean Gray uses a variety of media, with a current focus on painting and sculpture, to explore the emotional and physical spaces of vulnerability and resiliency. Through her masterful use of contrasting sturdy and fragile materials such as maple plywood and waxed thread, Jean Gray’s art hints at the presence of two bodies born separately but now bound in a new, perfect balance - a reflection of her experience with a double lung transplant. Her work zooms in on the ideas of strength, fragility, and balance, evoking a world those with chronic illness know all too well.
Jean Gray received her BFA and MAT from Georgia Southern University. Jean Gray has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum, Artspace, Peel Gallery, Artlink, Greenhill Gallery, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University Hospital, Georgia Southern University, North Dakota State University, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Meredith College, Lamar Dodd School of Art in Italy, and collaborated on a piece for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She has been an artist in residence at Level Retreat, Drake Island, Summerfield Farm, and Thrive Together. She was a founding member of the Stillmoreroots group based out of Georgia for 20 years. She has received grants from the United Arts Council, Wake County Schools, and Georgia Rural Economic Development Center.