Grace Kennison is a visual artist and painter exploring female-centric visions and stories of trauma, resistance, and of women’s complicated history with western land. Born in the foothills of Northern Colorado, she grew up in the bed of the Rocky Mountains outside of Fort Collins, where she spent much of her time cultivating her talent and practice. In the spring of 2018, she graduated with a BFA with a concentration in drawing from Colorado State University’s Visual Arts Department, and has since committed to developing her independent practice as a painter.
Grace has spent much of her time as a professional artist developing a visual language that troubles the American West’s central ideologies of masculine power and white supremacy. Her artwork fabulates white women suffering in embittered relationships with nature, animal companions, other women, and God. Often reflective of personal views of violence and whiteness, the stories told in her paintings collect lamentations of failed symbiosis and troubled links to the natural world. Often, figural characters in her work fluctuate between emoting extreme distress, aggression, and perversions of joy; settler-colonialism and indigenous genocide persist as a ruling structure in the attitudes, postures, and symbols of machismo in contemporary life. Today, Grace lives and works on Oĉhéthi Šakówiƞ, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ (Ute) land in Denver, Colorado.