Grace Rosario Perkins
Through Print Public, Grace Rosario Perkins will be collaborating with youth of color investigating the relationships between landscape, identity, and time. By hosting art making workshops at various partner sites, including churches, libraries, senior centers, and surrounding schools, Grace will work with young artists on abstract and large scale representations of what the future looks like, guiding the development of a work that explores and upholds history and physical presence as a radical notion. The result will be an immersive space comprised of modular sculptures, forms, and printed posters installed throughout the San Pablo corridor and extending to the Kala gallery. Through this process, this piece will give the youth of the neighborhood a space to gather, create, and sustain their ideas working within the realms of social practice, installation, and 2-d media.
Having spent most of her life moving between city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community, Grace Rosario Perkins is interested in disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it as one that layers words, objects, faces, signifiers, and sound built from cultural dissonance, language, and history. Grace has lectured at venues such as the Mills College, UC Santa Barbara, Occidental College, the San Francisco Public Library, Real Time and Space Oakland, and the Museum of Arts and Design NY. She has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE, Varda Artists Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, White Leaves, and Facebook HQ and exhibited locally and internationally. Her work is largely collaborative including work with her father Olen Perkins and her previous work with Black Salt Collective.