Grace Louise is an abstract resin artist working out of NSW. Grace creates incredible pieces of fluid art and we’ve collaborated with her in our upcoming S/S15 collection to bring you two incredible cushions.
Tell us a bit about your creative process.
It starts with me hand-fabricating the timber panels. Each panel is then primed and sealed in preparation for applying the resin. The resin colour, texture and flow work in unison to articulate an emotive response. In a big way, each piece is purposeful to induce a designed emotion.
If you could give yourself some advice 5 years ago what would it be?
By their nature, great things are unique and unconventional. Find your passion, defy the norm and embrace risk. Focus on the journey, not the destination.
In regard to the collaboration, did you have a specific vision for what you were creating?
Colour psychology is not restricted to two dimensional art. Cushions are a different medium that offer a texture that can be enjoyed by more than just the eyes and thus have the potential to enhance the emotional connection with the art. I didn’t have a specific vision with this collaboration but was incredibly excited to experience the final product.
Is there a running theme to the work you create, or do you just make whatever comes to mind?
All of my art takes root from my passion in colour psychology and the emotional reaction that colour and texture can have on a person. The balance and flow of colour is a complex harmony that doesn’t always resonate – some pieces synchronize perfectly, but others are a conflicting chaos that don’t make the cut!
What makes your work unique and truly your own?
Resin art is a relatively young art form when compared with traditional styles of painting. I’ve spent a great amount of effort trialing techniques to perfect colour quality, flow characteristics, depth texturing and achieving a perfect finish. At a glance, pieces may appear relatively similar, but the reality is that a fair amount of intellectual skill goes into creating each piece. My partner describes the process as “colourful alchemy” – it’s half art and half science.
Did you always paint, or was it something you started to do later on?
I wasn’t always about painting or pouring resin, but I’ve always had an inherent need to create. As a child it was collaging or baking and I’ve expanded that passion to full time resin art. When you find your passion, it doesn’t feel like work.
You studied interior design & decoration. How did that lead to you becoming an artist?
Subconsciously, our surroundings play a significant and important role in setting our emotions. Interior Design is a collaboration of ideas put to physical form that we then immerse ourselves in. Artwork often forms a part of this form and whilst it usually doesn’t provide a functional purpose, it can tie a room together. I came to this realisation during my studies and challenged myself to explore the psychology that colour and texture can play in an artistic form.
What advice can you offer on finding your personal style or aesthetic?
Trends are set by other people, made popular by consumers and therefore over time become normal. Your style should not be set by the current trend. Understand what you love and surround yourself in it. Design your environment to be one that you enjoy living in. Be passionate about it and watch the changes it stirs within you.
Where do you do most of your creation?
The physical work is done in my private studio, however there’s a lot of thought and inspiration happening most other times!
Who inspires you the most?
My partner, Jason. He’s driven to achieve what he wants in life. Despite having a full time job, he consistently invests time to developing skills and knowledge that move us toward our shared life vision.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever inspired you or sparked a thought for a new artwork?
Some people are fortunate enough to have that epiphany moment that changes their life forever. For me, it was a dream about a cyclone that wiped out everything in its path. I interpreted this dream as being a metaphor for my life. I needed to remove the negative aspects of my life and start fresh in a direction of my choosing. The dream was the epiphany I needed to realise that I was in control and could direct my life as I chose. I quit my day job and almost overnight became a full time artist dedicated to pursuing that which I was passionate about. A simple dream sparked significant and enduring change that has been the source of and continues to be the cause for why I create art.
What influenced you to make the move from Melbourne to NSW?
Love. My partner’s job requires him to move around the country every few years and I was torn between my love of Melbourne and my love of him. Luckily (for him) I chose to follow him. It was an easy decision really! He and I both have plans to move back to Melbourne in a few years time.
Breakfast or dinner food - Dinner
Countryside or Seaside - Seaside
Bali or New York - New York