In Wabi-Sabi design, “elements [are] balanced in a way that looks completely natural and unforced.” Art is made to seamlessly coexist with its natural inspirations to feel as though it emerged from the Earth. Ultimate beauty and perfection exists in the design of nature. In my work, I draw inspiration from my seasonal, natural surroundings to produce derivative, abstract patterning reminiscent of the original phenomena. By embracing the formal and tactile qualities of paint and investigating the formal potential of the portrait image, I create portrait paintings that incorporate these patterns into the language of culture within decoration, beauty, and adornment. Through the combination of Eastern and Western ideologies, the meditative production of repetitious pattern or mark, and the sense of stillness and white light, my paintings produce moods of awareness, observation, and contemplation.
Grace Hager is a practicing artist born in Los Angeles, California, raised in Branford, Connecticut, and currently completing her Bachelor’s of Fine Art at the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Painting in Portland, Maine. She is intending on continuing her artistic practice and building a place for herself in the art community of Portland.
1. Sept. 30th, 2014, oil on panel, 36 x 48″
2. Nov. 1st (Kevin), 2014, oil on panel, 20 x 30”
3. Oct. 25th, 2014, oil on panel, 20 x 30”
4. Wading, 2015, oil on panel, 20 x 24″
5. Jade Beetle, 2015, oil on panel, 24 x 36″
6. Studio Portrait