V. Robin Grice
My work with the figure continues an interest in the issue of identity, both contested and embraced, as well as a creative practice of gathering, organizing and connecting disparate, and typically recycled materials as a means of expressing the collisions of people, histories and cultures in contemporary society.
Conceptually, the work aims to connect the personal and the private to the political and social and to give form to the often precarious and messy reality of everyday existence. Ambiguous in nature, the figures, in their mix of colors, patterns, materials and surfaces, are informed by a diverse mix of visual artists, cultural thinkers and personal realities.
V. Robin Grice collaborated with Nicole Marroquin in Bi-Lingual. They write of their process:
"This collaborative installation is a part of an ongoing conversation between two artists about the multi-dimensional realities and requirements of being women of color in contemporary American society. Through the figure and various constructed objects, we're attempting to locate the everyday realities of patriarchy, racism, and class bias, and to connect these systems of oppression to our particular stories of girlhood, family relationships, and work life. While we tell very different stories, our goal is to explore what it means to be marginalized within the rubric of post-modernity as well as to imagine and acknowledge the possibilities for true diversity."
Grice graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works at the University of Michigan where manages GalleryDAAS (G648 Haven Hall) as well as the Living Poets Series in connection with the Lemuel Johnson Center, the department's arts and community center. She also provides content management for the DAAS website and coordinates the department's various grants and fellowships programs.
Ann Arbor, MI