Billi London-Gray Artist in Resident 2014
Billi London-Gray is a visual artist and writer. She grew up in the small town of Wylie, Texas. She earned a B.A. in theology from Criswell College and an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College. Her intermedia work examines recontextualization and translation as essential processes of the human narrative. Through the separation and reintegration of parts — whether by appropriating images and text, repurposing found objects, abstracting environments, or combining disparate symbols — she explores the ways in which people construct and inhabit their realities. She is a founding organizer of the BEST Art Tour and a member of Art Advocates of San Marcos. She curates the Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University and co-owns the nonprofit Zosima Gallery in San Marcos, Texas, where she lives and works.
During our residency at Petrified Forest, we shot a short film that reimagines the history of the land comprising the park. Our cast consisted of artifacts from the park's collections and children's toys set against backdrops of art, writing and the land itself. Using stop-motion and time-lapse photography, we created a story that acknowledges the innocent aspects of historical ignorance while satirizing the lack of critical thought that allows stereotypes and misinformation to persist in the face of known facts.
Last updated: February 24, 2015