Grace Kenniston, "Touched by a star"
Wolverine Farm Fort Collins
Sep. 18 Oct. 12
“Touched by a star” is reminiscent of both a diary page in the life of a young woman and the story of Icarus in Greek mythology. It’s meant to capture a sort of fleeting feeling of heartbreak and pay homage to the duality of emotions that come with falling out of love with someone that you admire.
Grace Kenniston (b. 1995 USA) is an artist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She earned an BFA from the drawing department at CSU in the summer of 2018. Kenniston was born and raised in Fort Collins and share a deep connection to this land that influences her work heavily, she is interested in depicting the American west. Her painting practice is a ritual that reconstitutes her world. This ritual conjures female-centric visions and stories of trauma, resistance, and of women's complicated historical relationship to western land. Throughout her practice, she recognizes that, as a white woman, her identity itself is a rich object of critique. She has developed a visual language that draws from the romanticization of the American West while troubling its central ideologies of masculine power and white supremacy. In her paintings, she playfully explores settler colonialism's persistence in the attitudes, postures, and symbols of machismo in contemporary life.