Grace specializes in pulling the magical and surreal out of the ordinary and banal. She has won multiple awards, such as The Copic Award Grand Prize 2019, and has been published with magazines such as Infected By Art. Her piece, “Narcissus”, can be found in EPOCH Issue 02: Aftermath, available to purchase here.
Which artist/what artwork did you grow up admiring?
I always loved whimsical children’s illustrations, such as the work by Doctor Suess, E.H Shepard, and John Tenniel. However, later in my childhood, I went through a huge comic art phase. I loved manga art by Takeshi Obata and Katsuhiro Otomo, as well as western artists such as David Lloyd.
What is the most challenging aspect of your creative process?
Attempting to stay focused on one cohesive theme and style. I get inspiration from so many different sources that I constantly want to diverge into a new style. I get bored easily, which is why I work in mixed-media. It allows me to spice up my process while creating work in a similar style.
What does your creative space look like?
It’s colourful and filled with objects that I love. I think it’s important to invest in an inspiring creative space. For myself, colour holds a lot of influence over my mental state. I can’t stand any “earthy” tones, such as beige, brown or olive green. They make me feel tired and bored. I fill my space with deep jewel tones such as fuchsia and cobalt and touches of black and gold for pizzaz. I also collect items that inspire me and make me happy, such as masks, mirrors and anything My Little Pony.
Who is your biggest artistic supporter?
My Mom! She plopped me down in front of paint when I was two and let me at it! She’s always invested time into taking me and my siblings to museums and galleries. My grandmother was also an artist, so my Mom grew up firmly understanding the importance of creativity. She’s been a huge fan from day one. She’s always excited for every new artwork and exhibit opportunity.
Where can we follow you and find your work?
IG: @Grace Netanya