Gracia & Louise are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature. In their artists’ books, prints, zines, drawings, and collages, they use an armoury of play, humour, and perhaps the poetic too, with intent to lure you closer. The animal is oft present and easily detectable, the centre of their paper stage. Hard to miss, over here and over there, the animal runs up hills, scales rooftops, and sometimes appears to take flight. Gliding through a scene it is too large to be contained within or perhaps too manmade to call home, that it has a tail or feathers or furred muzzle is not solely why its form appears. For them, the animal is there to question our very behaviour, those moral principles one governs the self by, and to explore our relationship with the natural world. The words of Gogol whisper in the ear, “the longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes”. And thus, they leave their scenes open-ended, inviting you to ponder and perhaps find that things are not always as they first appear.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, they work from home. More often than not, they collaborate.
“Their work can be found in the collections of: Artspace Mackay, Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem, Deakin University Library, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne University Library, Monash University Library, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Library of Australia, Print Council of Australia, RMIT University Library, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Tate (UK), University of the West of England (UK).”