Grace Tobin investigates how the relationships we hold to the spaces we inhabit impacts our sense of self and identity. By deconstructing the boundaries of internal and external spaces, Grace studies the tension the exists, in turns, within the division and cohesion of human and nonhuman subjects.
Reflecting the interdependence between human and environment, she abstracts form to then reconstruct and challenge a sense of space. Grace employs the figure and abstracted botanical forms to re-imagine how an environment mirrors the psychological and physiological connections we create to our world. Grace renders a graphical painting style paired with repetitive patterns to mirror the themes of imperfection and repetition in our lives and routines. With much subtracted material, the scenes Grace paints present a segmented reality. Her work exhibits the speculative, contemplative times in which we are formed, informed, and reminded by our surroundings over time.
The unknown and intangible expressed through Grace's work embodies the idle and languorous sense of self that we often only meditate on in environments in which we find comfort. With paint and pattern Grace expresses how feelings, experiences, and understandings can all change with a bit of perspective.