Things You've BeenGrace Cadence
Watercolor painting on Wood New
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
48" h x 36" w x 2" d |23 lbs. 0 oz.
This piece started when Grace found the remaining fragments of magazine cutouts laying on her studio floor. She decided to enlarge the fragments and paint them how she found them, but in a very staggered manner. "Happenstance and happy accidents in the studio inspired this painting," says Grace. She painted each element's textural depiction as if under a magnifying glass. The cutout portrait in the bottom right corner is mask-like with the expansion in scale. The fragments sit like specimens or an array of images.
The work is mounted on a 2" thick cradled panel, where the elements are painted on different heavyweight papers staggered on top of one another. Very sculptural.
Woodside, New York
Grace Cadence combines her traditional watercolor practice with a magazine cut-out collage subject. She cuts apart the images that surround us daily, that train us on notions of fashion and beauty. The finished works are either paintings or collages which layer abstract fragments to become a whole. Grace explains, "the interesting thing about figurative abstraction is the possibility for everyone to see it differently. A lot of my work defies straight interpretations but there is a unifying element of beauty and nature in all of them." Grace works from her living room art studio in Brooklyn, which transforms into a sea of paper after a few hours of work. When she's not painting, Grace loves trying recipes from around the world, exploring new places to eat, and teaching art locally.