What happens when you take a skilled chemist and put her in a room with colorful paints, glitter and canvas? Magic happens! The unique and colorful abstract art of Paola Gracey is like anything you’ve seen before. It’s the unique combination of her knowledge of how things interact together due to her chemistry background, and her ability to pair colorful glitter and a mixture of paints and other materials to whip up some of the most free flowing, colorful, texture rich pieces of colorful abstract art. Each one is unique in the way the paint forms and the colors collide. Below you can find an interview she did with us along with all of the places you can find her online.
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
Art was introduced to me at a very young age thanks to both of my grandmas who were artist. I started to take art seriously in high school and when I was studying Chemistry at the university I took several painting classes to help de-stress under Professor Geoffrey Olsen. In the art studio at Florida International University is when I started to combine my two passions science and art. In 2004 is when I started to paint with this technique and it has evolved over time and I haven’t stop exploring it since. I treat each painting as an experiment just as I would in the laboratory, I document all my materials and keep detailed observations in order to replicate my artistic goals. I love to incorporate the chemistry into the painting such as different science concepts or topics I’ve research.
How would you describe your home decor style?
My home is urban modern with a touch of bohemian. It is a blank canvas with white walls, white concrete floor, then the pops of color come from the artwork and accents, then I love to throw in black and white where ever I can. Airy spaces with tons of natural light get my creative juices flowing.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
When I am in a rut, I find getting out of my house and absorbing South Florida’s colorful atmosphere will usually do the fix, art is everywhere!
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
I enjoy working with jewel tones such as phthalo blue, Persian blue, ultramarine, then throwing in a pop of shrill colors such as lime green, neon oranges, and fuchsias. I feel jewel tone colors talk to me, they are rich in color, peaceful and give a mysterious vibe.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
Most of my artwork is created in Miami (Wynwood Art District) at the Center for Visual Communication Project Space. There, space is not an issue. I can spread out and work on my larger pieces as well as multiple smaller pieces at the same. Once I finish the glitter resin background I usually bring the smaller pieces home and work on the drip in my home studio.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
I love an artist who uses unconventional items to create artwork or installation pieces. I follow so many different artists so it’s hard for me to choose here they are Dan Lam @sopomo Felipe Pantone @felipepantone and Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
I love to fill my home with color, texture and objects from our travels but best of all I love to exhibit artwork from artist I’ve met or collected along the way. Each piece has a story behind it which I enjoy to tell.