Palu-ay's work explores nature, memory, ritual, and sacred space. Whether it be in the ancient Tibetan landscape or a remote corner of Maine, Palu-ay becomes a teller of stories about a lost place and time.  Her work begins intuitively with the photograph but she also uses drawing and video to expand her dialogue with nature.
     Palu-ay received a BA in Political Science from Boston College with additional coursework in the Faith, Peace and Justice Program. She then earned an MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
     Palu-ay is an Associate Professor of Studio Foundation and Director of the Academic Compass Program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.

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Simple materials assume ritual significance. The wheel of karma turns round and round in Palu-ay's photographs, highlighting the profane in the sacred and the enlightened in the mundane.
-George Slade, Curator Photographic Resource Center
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