Grace Kennison is a painter exploring female-centric visions and stories of violence, resistance, and contemplation of women’s complicated history in the American west. Born in the foothills of Northern Colorado, the bed of the Rocky Mountains near Fort Collins fostered a deep connection to the land and water stretched over the eastern face of the mountain range, which stood defiantly against the heavy urbanization of the Colorado Piedmont and experiences of a burgeoning suburban landscape. Grace’s work supposes land as a natural phenomenon is fundamental to construction of identity, memory, and spirituality as humans. Pulling from a long history of romanticization of western life and land in popular culture and art, her artwork fabulates intersecting narratives and fantasies of white women engaged in embittered relationships with themselves, nature, animal companions, other women, and god. Often reflective of personal views of violence and whiteness in the context of a post-colonial and late-capitalistic western world, the paintings can read as lamentations of failed symbiosis and troubled links to the natural world or the artist’s own identity in honoring and harmonizing with land that feels like home. Today, Grace lives and works on Oĉhéthi Šakówiƞ, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ (Ute) land in Denver, Colorado.

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