Grace Summanen

Grace Summanen
Multidisciplinary

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I am a multidisciplinary artist interested in blurring the lines we create between disciplines in art and life. I work in painting, sculpture, installation, and drawing. I am interested in inspecting the tension between high and low art by using everyday objects and materials. Currently in my relief paintings, I use folded fabric to explore texture, line and movement while inspecting the line between painting and sculpture. For the fabric, I use curtains, blankets, and scraps from other projects.  The fabric I use has been collected by me for various reasons. Different fabrics allow for experimentation with multiple textures and paint applications. Traditionally in painting, fabric is a common still life subject; but instead of painting the illusion of the fabric, I am painting the fabric itself. This abstracts the subject matter for inspection, exploration, and transformation. I am also interested in the traditional associations with feminine crafts.

Featured Work

Blues

Blues
2017 Acrylic, latex, fabric on wood 13”W x 14” H x 2”D

Contrast

Contrast
2017 Acrylic, latex, fabric on wood 16”W x 18” H x 4”D

Drape

Drape
2018 Acrylic, latex, fabric on wood stretcher 26”W x 32” H x 4”D

It's Always Now

It's Always Now
site specific installation at Rooms to Let 2018

Ghost

Ghost
site-specific installation at Rooms to Let 2017

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