Grace was born in 1992 in Denver, Colorado. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Colorado State University (CSU). She graduated with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Journalism & Media Communications in the spring of 2016 from CSU.
Grace specializes in painting, as well as graphic design and illustration.
As a multiracial woman I find it difficult to relate to any singular culture. Though I participate within both white and black American communities, my personal involvement has often been contradictory or inharmonious. I am neither “black-enough” nor “white-enough.” I am unable to fully connect with, or emulate, key characteristics of either black or white culture. Thus, I have always felt suspended between the two, belonging to neither. I have turned to painting to explore—and in effect create—my own cultural and racial identity.
By taking popular visual media that deals with black or white American culture, I dismantle the imagery through formal conventions (line, color, composition, etc.) to literally deconstruct my identity. The vibrant colors in my paintings reflect the energetic behaviors, beliefs, and actions of the cultural group in question while I am presented as a grey figure. I am always grey to coincide with racially identifying as black and white, feeling as though I fall in between two cultures in a literal “grey zone,” and to further emphasize the cultures I wish to reflect (my vibrant surroundings) but ultimately fail to assimilate with. At times my “assimilation” may appear forced or voluntary; violent or passive; recognizable or foreign.
I find catharsis in using paint to explore my conceptions of self. I have always struggled with my racial and cultural identity. By taking control—creating my own culture through fine art—I am able to explore what it means to me to be biracial and construct a personal, cultural space to exist within.
Ferguson, Oil on Canvas
Baltimore, Oil on Canvas
Denver, Oil on Canvas