ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECT SUMMARY
While I proposed initially to work from the way light interacts with the spaces designed by Lehrer Architects, once working in the space itself, the project immediately expanded and opened up. I was very excited by the large photographs of the firm's other architectural projects hanging around the space. I was interested in the idea of working from the two dimensional image representing three dimensional space, positioned against an actual three dimensional space. I was attracted to these images as windows into multiple points of perspective. The project began with a representational drawing of the space, including the images in the photographs, as well as the space around them. Given the many diagonals and variety of points of view, the image instigated a stream of abstract works on paper.
I began by tracing and transferring the image, cutting the tracing in half and flipping it to invert half of the image. Later I cut various planes in space out of the image, and used them as the positive shapes for another work. The work became self-generating, as each shape that I cut out created both a positive and negative shape that could be used. I continued to trace, cut, draw, and paint with gouache from the original work, creating multiple painted paper collages. The residency, and being surrounded by such open minded creativity, opened up my studio practice in new and exciting ways, triggering the beginnings of a new body of work which has only just begun to unfold. I have such gratitude for the opportunity, and excitement for what is to come in the work from the experience.
Audra Graziano was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2003, graduating with the Pratt Institute Fine Art Award for Outstanding Merit in Painting, and the Pratt Circle Award for Academic Achievement. She received her MFA from California State University Long Beach, where she was the recipient of the Windes and McClaughry Corporate Gallery Award, the Elizabeth Vyse Scholarship, and graduated with the College of the Arts Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award in 2014. She has exhibited her work in group, solo and two person exhibitions in various international locations, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Berlin. She currently works and lives in both Los Angeles, California, and Tucson, Arizona, where she will be Visiting Assistant Professor within the School of Art at the University of Arizona for the 2015-2016 school year.