The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach. In the 1960s, the Rorschach was the most widely used projective test. This series is a small tribute to this great psychologist.
This work refers to the peom "Signal" by Mascha Kaléko. The text of the poem is: Als wir zu dritt, die Strasse überquerten, wurde sogar die Verkehrsampel rot. Umstellt von der Meute abgasschaubender Wagen, ergriff ich den Arm des einen, der rechts von mir ging. Nicht den des anderen, dessen Ring ich trug. Als wir zu viert uns jenseits der Kreuzungen trafen, wussten es alle. Der eine. Der andre. Das Schweigen. Und ich.
"drawing by numbers" is a series based upon a text analyses of the acopolypse. I have looked which numbers are mentioned in the text and which objects are associated to these numbers. The paintings combine these numbers and objects an provide thereby a biblicalreference that can be decoded only by those who know the text. It makes the paintings secret religious signals in a rather secularized world.
"ohne glauben keinen zweifel" (translates without belief there is no doubt) is a series of 12 interpretations of the turin shroud. This series has been exhibited in two protestant churches in Hamburg (2003) and Berlin (2004). This in itself has been an interesting experiment, to take a work that reflects upon a catholic relique into protestant churches, however, the experiment went well and ignited an impressive variety of religious reflections amongst the congregations.
"personal notes" has been an artistic restart after a rather long artistic break during the artist's PhD period. Ray did paint during his PhD but only one canvas over and over, which was eventually "donated" to a gallery next to the Tate Modern on a like warm summer moring of 1999. "personal notes" has been painted in Vienna and demarcates a fragile re-entry in a more lasting creative life.