NOVEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 3, 2017 THE MEZZANINE, QUIRK HOTEL
"A man called me Mamí today,
and another said “looking good.”
I like the feeling of my hair against the back of my elbows
as I walk.
Like it reminds me that I am there -
a real person."
Held in Large Hands is a series of collaged objects that attempt to rationalize a (confused) female identity. Tiled surfaces, decorative woman-debris, and girlhood sweets are collided together in messy junctures that articulate new (splintered) spaces/terrains/bodies. Pierced skins, picked flowers, ceramic beads, makeup, and drooping garland become a body that is not an actualized body - a body in parts, a possible body, a malleable body, a body non- existent.
Grace Kubilius is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes wearable objects, sculpture, and video. She completed her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Grace has been a Resident Artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design and Acre. She is the current artist-in-residence at Quirk Hotel + Gallery. Her work has been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Reese Gallery, Society for Contemporary Craft, Ohio Craft Museum, Duara Gallery at Lynchburg College, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Fuller Craft Museum.
Quirk’s Artist Residency Program is operated in partnership with The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Grace Kubilius is the third artist to be selected for a summer residency after completing her MFA program in Craft/Material Studies at VCU.