Wooster Arts Space
147 Wooster Street, between Houston and Prince, 212-777-6338
September 7 - September 29, 2007
Reception: Saturday, September 8, 5 - 8 PM
Wooster Arts Space is pleased to present a group of archival pigmented prints by Grace Graupe Pillard depicting drawings (a visual diary) that the artist executed at the bedside of her mother as she lay dying in Hospice. Observing the transformation of her mother’s face from wrenching sadness to a mask-like stillness, Graupe Pillard was clearly able to see and respect this fiercely independent woman for the first time, unencumbered by emotional baggage.
Graupe-Pillard then scanned into the computer and blew up the 8”x12” original pencil drawings to a size large enough to make visibly evident the artist’s own psychological response to the death of a loved one. The process of drawing with its scratchy, often hesitant pencil lines, or lines flowing with ease, became a metaphor for a complex mother-daughter relationship.
Graupe-Pillard is a painter who has recently shown at The Proposition, NYC, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago Ill, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville TN, The Women’s Media Center, NYC, Westnorth Studio, Baltimore, MD and in several group shows curated by Rupert Ravens in NJ. Her work is in many public and private collections including New Jersey Transit, AT&T, Coca Cola, Newark Museum, NJ State Museum, The Margulies Collection, Miami, and Malcolm Forbes Collection, NYC. Graupe-Pillard is also the coordinator of The Abbey Mural Workshop at The National Academy Museum in NYC.