In my work, I am interested in overlaps between art historical iconography and the contemporary world. Taking a magpie approach to gathering visual information, I draw on forms ranging from Japanese woodcuts to 1950s American magazine illustration, German Expressionism to Persian miniature painting. Despite their simple cartoonish aesthetic, tensions between specificity and universality, empathy and provocation make these symbol-laden paintings deliberately undecipherable.
In recent works, I am building paintings in reverse. I begin with the surface details—tracing the figure's outline onto glass in calligraphic brush-strokes. I then block in fields of value, covering the outline and building up a thick “skin” of paint in successive layers of acrylic. Once dry, I peel the skin off of the glass and stretch it over a wooden frame. Trapped in a flat plane of rubbery acrylic, my paintings' imaginary figures are frozen in acts of contemplation and attempted communication. The mystery of their poses ranges from the mysterious to the comic.
Grace will host open studio sessions each Saturday through the end of February 2012, from 12-3pm
Grace is also having a print fundraiser to support a research trip to India. 100 prints will be available at $100 each. For more information, or to make a purchase, please CLICK HERE.