Brad Lay is an artist working across a variety of media, including photography, video, sculpture, installation, sound and drawing. A significant portion of his practice has been conducted in response to the ocean as a place of extreme otherness that we, as humans, are simultaneously attracted to and terrified by. It has shaped our evolution, is of incredible ecological and cultural importance, and remains one of the last on-earth frontiers for scientific exploration. In considering the ocean from a variety of perspectives, he has used its movement to propel drawing machines, filmed and photographed it, built objects that refer to specific aspects of it, while incorporating research into its social and cultural significance.
First hand environmental experience has been key to the development of his art practice, examples of which include undertaking residencies at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts and Bundanon Trust, and traveling from Melbourne to Auckland aboard a cargo ship as a self-directed residency.
Whilst the ocean has provided his practice with a wealth of conceptual material, his interests have recently shifted inland to consider the complex nature of the relationships that exist between humans, animals and landscapes. Direct experience of diverse environments continues to be of utmost importance to the development and realisation of his art work.