Ray Mack takes a shoplifting mentality toward making art and riffing on art history. She is particularly drawn to classical and religious paintings for their canonical austerity and conservative self-importance. Her versions of these same paintings work hard to tickle the armpits of the stodgy old men who made them. Ray uses humor to navigate her place as a female painter within this largely male-dominated lineage. In a more general lighthearted sense, she works from the school of thought that art’s most practical function is to counter-act misery.