Art Series

Odette Graskie

Looking For Moss, 2020
Odette Graskie

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.

In this, moments of humanity become possible  even with characters on a page, with the touch of  materiality and smell of moss, the presence of  anthropomorphic forms. Healing is not only in  conversation, it can be in one moment of pause  and attention. In my work, stories are implied.

Many hidden messages get lost along the way. In Artist Books, those might be literal words hidden in  cracks and crevices, secret pockets and folded  pages, forever lost to anyone who does not pay  attention. Some artworks could contain poetry,  others might be inspired by a book about plant  biology, astronomy, secret libraries or space-time  adventures. Faces are of those that have crossed  my path, moments of intimate snippets taken,  from people who might not have noticed me at all.

Looking for Moss is a body of work that was inspired by the book ‘Gathering Moss’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer, this book investigates the how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings.

In 2020, Odette was invited to complete a residency at Gatehouse Gallery in Guernsey. Whilst there, she was able to study the witches’ grimoire – which included a wide spectrum of folklore, myths and ghost stories. Odette started collecting graveyard flowers, moss, seawater, old thread, shredded documents and started creating her own handmade paper, which she describes as a somewhat witches’ brew.

Each Page becomes a completed recipe, a document of the magic found on the island, leading to an interwoven connection between her and the island.

Odette Graskie Installation