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Grace Khalsa

Knoxville, TN, United States

5 Works exhibited

Current location

Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

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We humans are poised between microcosm and macrocosm, containing one, sensing the other, comprehending both. - Frank Wilczek 
The focus of Grace Khalsa's work is to bring attention to natural forms and patterns that implicate vast interconnection. She is captivated by the diversity and intricacy of natural systems and she consistently find herself searching for commonalities within them. These commonalities provide her with a tangible form of navigating the intangible perceptions of existence. Her most recent body of work examines and illustrates the skeletons of various animals. In looking closely at their anatomy, she finds undeniable similarities indicating common evolution. Shared spines, ribs, teeth and vestigial structures are the signatures of millions of years of complex relationships. After sculpting the body of the animal, she then meticulously slip-trails each skeletal detail layer by layer. This process requires an understanding of how every layer, however small, will affect the greater whole. She sees clay as a material of deep time both in a geological and cultural sense. Fired clay, ceramic, is an archival material, a record keeper of human history. Taking the role of a scientific illustrator, these works are her mark in time, paying homage to the creatures they portray. She hopes to highlight the pervasive entanglement of life and honor the delicate, nuanced relationships that exist between human and non-human. 

Exhibitions:

2021 Mendocino Art Center AIR Show, Artists Co-Op of Mendocino Gallery, Mendocino, CA
2019 CU Boulder Open Studios, University of Colorado Boulder Visual Arts Complex, Boulder, CO
2018 CU Boulder BFA Exhibition: Synchronicity, University of Colorado Boulder Visual Arts Complex, Boulder, CO
2018 CU Boulder Open Studios, University of Colorado Boulder Visual Arts Complex, Boulder, CO
2013 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2012 Rhythm Ní Blooms Festival, Knoxville, TN
2011 Dogwood Arts Festival Student Art Exhibition, Knoxville, TN

2020 Lennox Scholarship, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
2018 Susan Irey Byrne Memorial Scholarship, University of Colorado Department of Art and Art History, Boulder, CO
2017 Brooks Scholarship, University of Colorado Department of Art and Art History, Boulder, CO
2013 Best In Show, East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN
2011 Best In Show, Dogwood Arts Festival Student Art Exhibition, Knoxville, TN

Works by Grace Khalsa

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2021

27.9 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm

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2021

63.5 x 33 x 16.5 cm

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2021

22.8 x 27.9 x 29.2 cm

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2021

71.1 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm

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2021

25.4 x 49.5 x 5 cm

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