ARTIST STATEMENT
RJ GRADY ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

MY FOCUS IS TO EXPAND ON THE HISTORICAL TRADITION OF STILL LIFE PAINTING.

USING THE TOOLS OF MY ACADEMIC BACKGROUND, PERSPECTIVE AND WORN OUT NARRATIVES ARE CHALLENGED PUSHING THE EDGES OF PERCEPTION TO CREATE AN UNEXPECTED DIALOGUE BETWEEN OBJECT AND GROUND.

WHERE THE STILL LIFE TYPICALLY STRIVES TO CONSTRUCT SPATIAL ORDER AMONG MULTIPLE OBJECTS, I INVESTIVATE THE RELATIONSHIP OF A SINGLE OBJECT OR LIMITED OBJECTS TO THE BACKGROUND. AT FIRST GLANCE THE WORK APPEARS TO BE PAINTED IN THE MANNER OF REALISM. BUT BREAKING THE RULES OF PERSPECTIVE AND CREATING SPATIAL IMPOSSIBILITIES HELPS INVOKE A SENSE OF MYSTERY. FREQUENTLY THE OBJECT AND GROUND ARE INEXPLICABLY INTERWINED. 

OFTEN PRODUCED IN LARGE-SCALE THE PAINTINGS RENDER DELICATE, INTIMATE OBJECTS AS MONUMENTAL.

SUBJECTS ARE CHOSEN CAREFULLY FOR THEIR CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE, EXPLORING THE JUXTAPOSITION AND CONFLATION OF DIVERGENT HISTORICAL ERAS,CULTURES, AND VALUES.