ARTIST OF THE WEEK: GRACE MICELIDecember 8, 2017
Meet the Brooklyn-based artist and founder of Art Baby Gallery, Grace Miceli…
Have you always been interested in art?
Definitely. I was encouraged to be creative my whole life and when I was in high school I began to recognize that creating and consuming art felt completely necessary.
How would you describe your style?
Cute and trying to be funny.
What are your favourite materials to work with and why?
I recently started using Prismacolor brush markers and I love them so much, I feel like I’m drawing and painting at the same time.
What’s the Brooklyn art scene like right now, and how does it inspire you?
I wouldn’t say I’m very involved in any particular scene but I always try to go out and support friends when they have exhibitions or events, I’m constantly inspired by the achievements of my friends and peers.
What topics and themes do you like to explore through your work?
I attempt to use humour as an access point to more serious issues affecting me and those around me like mental illness and rape culture. I draw what I think about and feel on a daily basis, I’m not trying to reach toward any specific themes but just tell my story.
Where did the idea for Art Baby Gallery come from?
I wanted to start a gallery but without any money it needed to be online. It’s a platform for emerging artists whose practice is based online, and over the past two years I’ve had amazing opportunities to host IRL exhibitions featuring these artists which I hope to continue to do.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given, about art or otherwise?
Support your friends! If you can’t afford to buy their art or creations, share their work online or through word of mouth. It’s important for us to be there for each other.
You do animation, illustration and dabble in a plethora of other mediums – why do you like to mix mediums and how do they compliment each other?
I get bored if I don’t try new and different things and it’s important for me to always be learning and challenging myself.
What are your main inspirations?
1970s horror, early Disney animation and the film Clueless.
What do you hope people will take away from your work?
Confidence in themselves and a feeling that someone else understands.
How do you feel that the internet and platforms like Instagram have changed the art scene?
Instagram has allowed for many of us to take control over the path of our careers and access connections that wouldn’t have been available without the internet.
Have you got any projects coming up that you can tell us about?
I’m working on a pop-culture quiz show with my friend and illustrator Fabiola Lara, I’m excited to be creative without my markers!