Rima Grad

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BLOCK PARTY , 2007 Collage With Drawing On Paper 29.75 X 8.25 Inches
DOWNWARD SPIRAL #14, 2004 Collage With Drawing On Paper
DOWNWARD SPIRAL #16 War On TV, 2004 Collage With Drawing On Paper
DOWNWARD SPIRAL #14, 2004 Collage With Drawing On Paper
Quick Facts
New York, NY
Birth year
Lives in
Larchmont, New York
Works in
Larchmont and White Plains
collage, works-on-paper, artists-books

I view the world as a strange, complicated and hysterical place. Humor and sadness seem to coexist now, more than ever, but I have come to believe that this has always been the case. More often than not there is a story to tell. I attempt to represent this vision in my body of work, which includes collage and monoprint. I have been working with family photos and my own photography, moving away from the use of borrowed imagery that has previously dominated my work. This gives the work an auto-biographical dimension that may or may not be universal. That is up to the viewer to decide.

The surfaces of these ‘works on paper' are enhanced by varying amounts of drawing with colored pencil, crayon, and pastel pencil. Sometimes the mark making and tone are quite obviously drawn. At other times I am altering the surface in such a way that I am creating an illusion. And illusion inevitably brings me to questions of memory. How much of our memory is real; how much of it is fantasy or wishful thinking; do we have the same memories as each other; is memory skewed by what has happened in the interim? I want the viewer to be stimulated by these questions as well as or because of what is happening on the picture plane. There is an entertaining, unexpected fluidity of incongruous elements within a single work in a composition that has a great deal of movement. These components create a lyrical quality that invites you, the viewer, to tell the story as you see it or feel it. Or remember it.



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