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Artist Grace Modla
Holmdel, New Jersey
My art likes to live in the intersecting spaces between nature, spirit, and flesh, and finds its most persistent expression in the life-giving curves of the female form. Mother, lover, goddess, heavy-hipped power babe and life force — all these images show up when I sit down in my studio. I think a lot about the current legislative assaults on women in this country – unprecedented in my lifetime – and try to create a visual language of resilient female passion and power. Beauty lies in true strength, and I try to capture this intangible.
I use watercolors and vibrant pastels in my figurative paintings to echo the flow and movement of my subject. For my mixed media collages, I take those watercolors and layer found objects, gorgeous papers, yummy fabrics, and threadwork. The aesthetic of the artist as a busy woman and mother appeals to me, gathering up the disparate threads of politics, spirituality and art like I create a nourishing dinner of pasta and sauted vegetables, garlic, and fried sage leaves. I love the squish of paint but rarely use a brush. I follow the thread of creativity and try to get out of its way.