Grace Aldrich was born in 2000 and raised in Bonner Springs, Kansas. She works primarily in acrylic, graphite, and watercolor, but also sculpts and experiments with new mediums and techniques whenever possible. Her ideas come from always asking herself “what if” and “why not”.
With strong ties in our own world and classical realism, her artwork tries to flip our ideas of reality and what we consider to be normal and what we consider to be strange. She is inspired by everything around her and everyday experiences and objects provide an unlimited fuel for her imagination.
Most ideas come from worn objects subject to age and rust that can be morphed into something else and applied in an unexpected way. Things that go unnoticed in their original context. Cliche ideas of beauty, typical appearances, and usefulness are challenged in her work through creatures, costumes, and their interaction with their environment. The study of light, atmosphere, and color are core aspects of her artwork.
Often a piece will start out simply as a study of lighting effects and the appearances of colors as they compare side by side or over-top one another. She is fascinated by the idea of combining imaginative environments with a unique composition and lighting scheme. Her greatest
aspiration is to create worlds so real and full of life you feel as though they might move while your back is turned.
“I have always loved art but it wasn’t until I was twelve that I began to seriously start to pursue art. A friendly rivalry between me and my artistic older sister was inevitable as we both struggled to be the best artist in the family. After years of competition I finally pulled ahead as she retired her pencils to take up nursing. Since then there was hardly a day that you couldn’t find me in my room experimenting with new paints, techniques, and even sculpting, trying to successfully recreate the ideas I pictured in my mind. Painting didn’t come naturally to me at first, I remember my humiliating first attempts at acrylics that I have conveniently “forgotten” where I put them. Looking through art books I was so confused how the artists were able to use paints to create illusions of light, depth, and form. I spent weeks practically thinking of nothing else except of possible ways to paint like the artists in the books, going through the process in my mind, picturing using the brush and mixing the colors. All my trouble seemed in vain but as I was flipping through the pictures again I stumbled across a photograph of a painted eye. I’m not sure exactly what happened, the eye was not even painted that well, but it didn’t matter because suddenly I understood exactly what I needed to do. I ran to my easel and painted a portrait that remains to this day one of my favorite pieces. I am still on a constant journey to improve my artwork and find new ways to express my vision. I have particularly enjoyed participating in competitions that expose me to new challenges and push me to get better.”