Grace Munakata

Artist Statement

My paintings and collage contain varying degrees of abstraction, pattern and imagery. Literature, visual art, my tangled garden, memory and the wash of events are sources. A bird might be referenced by a graph of its song or a recognizable image; a flat shape may assume a cartoon-like presence or resemble a leaf. Images can emerge and then disappear, hidden by the competing foil of shapes, drawing and color. The perspectives of childhood and growing into an adult are continually present. For our inner selves, what’s nearby and very distant can coexist, just as stars in a constellation appear close together but can be far removed in actual time and distance. I would like the work to be a place to meander and recall.