Artist Statement

Odette Graskie

My artistic practice revolves around mystery,  connection and moments of intimacy. It includes  media such as drawing and an exploration of  paper. By making my own, or discovering other  handmade paper sheets, there is an embrace of  the materiality of the page. My experiments with  paper are attempts at maintaining the essence of  the pages – the different textures along with the  weightless fragility – while pushing the ways in  which paper can be developed, entwined with my  own hand and expression. Paper is a mode of  connection, a way to tell stories through lifespans.  In my artworks every face belongs to another, they  are always connecting. I believe that human  connection is healing and important when  overcoming trauma.

My process comprises obsessive, labour-intensive  drawing, cutting and putting pieces back together  again. Drawing is a way of seeing, a way to  connect with the world around me on a deeper  level. Since a recent visit to Picasso and Paper at  the Royal Academy in London, I have felt a  renewed sense of the importance of drawing. By  really looking at someone, even if I never see them  again, I embrace the possibility of other existences  outside of my own and find a way to connect with  people.

Odette Graskie - Contemporary South African Artist