An Interview with Denis Grace:
What are you investigating through your work?
My work serves as an exploration of spatial perception. I am interested in the development of topohilia with non-places; particularly what elements constitute these bonds, and what denotes significance to seemingly vacant space.
You frequently illustrate private moments in your work. What draws you to reveal these moments?
My memories are catalogued by images that encapsulate the convergence of a specific time and place, these photographs exist as an illumination of the ephemerality of such moments. In a way, the whole process is a method of self-archivization.
Are you working on anything right now that you feel is going in a new direction?
Yes, I’m currently working on a show that will exhibit photographs in conjunction with two sound installations. I became interested in the fabrication of more immersive experiences during the past year, and for my last show in Paris I created a multi sensory installation – utilizing light, sound and infrared sensors within a large scale sculpture. However this is the first time I will be working solely with sound and image in the context of a controlled environment.
Can you describe habits/ rituals etc. that you do before working?
As my practice is primarily an investigation of the act of observation, there is no strong delineation between working and not working. The entire process is akin to that of the stomach, as I am perpetually shifting through the processes of ingestion, digestion, assimilation, andelimination. In order to maintain fluid transitions between each phase I aim to be diligent in my awareness of environment.
Can you name any particular artists that you look up to?
I enjoy the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Agnes Denes’ Wheatfield. Mendieta’s Siluetas. John Divola’s Zuma. Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park.
What inspires you to make work?
The subtlety of the sublime embedded in the everyday, and it’s inherently fleeting nature. I am inspired by the manner in which the Japanese revere the space between things, “ma”, and how this awareness manifests itself in a highly equilibrated fashion.