My drawings are an ongoing investigation of the body as vehicle. The forms I use resemble cars, trains, planes and rockets. They travel through ungrounded space solo or with a partner. These forms float, launch, and break apart, moving through air or water in a suspended state of being, energy in motion that seeks a destination. They travel an unknown path through uncharted territory.
I use watercolor on colored paper in a simple direct approach. I work in a series of four or six drawings at a time, playing with the composition, form and color. They often take several sessions to complete. My drawings are fundamental to my artistic practice. They are my way to envision my ideas in an immediate concrete yet flexible manner.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born in Paterson New Jersey. My B.A. is in Studio Art is from Fordham University and I have an M.F.A. in Painting from Bard College. My home and studio are in Brooklyn.
I have exhibited my paintings and drawings for over twenty-five years in numerous shows both upstate and in New York City. My first solo show was in 1987 at Rensselear County Council for the Arts in Troy, NY. I have exhibited in group shows at the University Art Gallery, Albany, NY, the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass. , the Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and The Drawing Center, NYC. I have been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and Byrdcliffe. My drawings were included in TIMELESS: The Art of Drawing, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 2008 and in WINTER SELECTIONS 2001 at The Drawing Center. I had my first one-person show in New York City, SQUIRM, in 2003 at Holland Tunnel. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My second solo show at the Holland Tunnel, RAINBOW TWIST was in 2005. Arlene Raven, art historian, wrote poems in response to the work, GRACE MARKMAN: LIVING THINGS, 2003 and FLUTTER, 2005.