Based in Nottingham. A graduate from BA Hons in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent, artist Grace Peckett is currently studying an MFA in Fine Art.
The Artist’s work explores the relationship of language and how the materials and processes of painting allow the canvas to stay true to its organic form. Having spent six years living in France, bilingualism and muteness helps contextually form her practice, questioning whether its monochromatic façade eludes to something greater than the audience’s initial perception.
Spoken word is the premise of everyday life but can also play an important, unconscious role in framing perception, “can two different minds exist within one person?” Her work explores the idiosyncratic influence of a second language and understanding the musicality and fluidity of the French language with its expressions of emotion. Concealment and vulnerability is also a notion and an idea she intends to emphasize by engaging with the thoughts of shyness.
By broadening and delving into her personal space, specifically engaging with her ideas of concealment and restraint, being engulfed and absorbed by these notions are what helps her portray and express the influences of daily and social situations. Focusing on the sound and musicality, the fluidity and monotone undertones of words allows the speaker to express themselves in greater detail through the means of precision and train of thought.
"Black Noise" is, at first glance, a blank white canvas.
"Black Noise" (detail)
With painstaking precision, different brush strokes and a special effect technique in the paintings centre, Grace achieves a remarkable piece of artwork. Like a shy and hidden person, the longer you spend with "Black Noise", the more you appreciate and understand their inner qualities of character. Although there's no outward flashiness, you learn to read their inner emotions and how well they do actually express them - if only you stop to look.
A fascinating variety of subtle textures in the painting reflect the light in different ways, allowing a fusion of whites, 'greys' and 'blacks' to communicate. What looks like a fragile centre, with it's distinctive cracks, is in fact this painting's strength.
This painting was a difficult challenge to photograph! It is certainly worth a face to face study so please contact us to arrange a viewing. A free and no obligation home viewing may also be possible, depending upon your location.