Christina and Richard.
From my project documenting artists and their work processes.
Pictured first is my mom, Grace Evans, and second Gail Lowry, whose recent work is to be featured at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
This is Grace. The talented artist at CofC let me interview her for a profile in the student magazine, G. We published this in the February 23 issue.
Grace Musser is just a freshman, but she is already coming into her own as an artist. In 2011, she had her work shown in seven exhibitions in the Charleston area and she has had at least three works of art hang in the student galleries of the Cato Art Center.
In recent paintings she focused on the idea of rebirth and resurrection. Several of her images depict people emerging out of water and bubbles, details she paints with a precision reminiscent of the renaissance art she admires. The appearance of water in her paintings, she said, is a symbol of baptism- just not in a religious sense.
“We have to change as artists and people to adapt to life,” said Musser of the concept of her work. “We can keep in the same direction but sometimes we have to undergo some kind of rebirth.”
Musser has been drawing since she was young but never received any formal training until high school. Originally from New York City, she decided to come to the College ofCharleston after having lived in South Carolina for a few years. It wasn’t just the location that brought her here, but the good things she had heard about the art department.
At the School of the Arts, Musser found a wealth of resources and studio space, as well as professors who encouraged her in her pursuit of art.
“They’ve been helping me develop my ideas about what painting is and what art is,” she said.
Musser’s favorite artist is “of course,” she said, “Michealangelo.” A fan of high renaissance painting, Musser hopes to hone her skills in the style of the era when she studies abroad in Italy; sometime, she hopes, before graduating college. While she admires the amount of detail in renaissance art, she recognizes it can be hard to relate to. She hopes to create pieces influenced by the style but that reflect, she said “issues that are relevant to me and might resonate with the world today.”
Wherever Grace Musser finds herself in the next few years, I don’t doubt that her paintings will be able to do just that.
Christina Dalman at work on her jewelry.