Grace Roselli is a Brooklyn based artist whose artwork navigates the the complexities of female agency in contemporary culture. Whether painting, performative, or photographic, she addresses the liminal space between race, gender, sexuality, and how the assignment of authorship illuminates societal power structures and personal perceptions.
From riding a motorcycle for the past thirty years to using body paint as a means of engaging racial issues and gender norms, her recent work comes out of an art practice developed over decades, one in which she lived the subject without filter and that at times has extended her studio practice beyond it’s walls.
She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and was awarded the RISD scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Upon graduating with honors she was awarded a residency with the Empire State Studio program in New York City. Since 1991 Roselli has had solo exhibitions with Anita Friedman Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, Mar Silver Design Lab in Westport, CT and with the Pentimenti gallery in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her artwork both nationally and internationally including the Gemeente Museum, Netherlands and most recently with M.David & Co in Brooklyn where she’ll be having a solo exhibition in 2019.
“Is The Room”, a book with photographs by Roselli and a collection of poems by Rosetta Jenning Ballew was recently published and released by Jaded Ibis Press. Her work has been covered by publications such as the Artnet Magazine, The New York Times, ART511, Art Journal, Gallery Beat, New Yorker, Metropolitan Home, Village Voice, Whitehot Magazine, Hyperallergic, Site 95, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Lusitania Press etc. Among her curatorial activities, Ms Roselli co-curated in 1996 one of the last shows at Franklin Furnace’s gallery space in Manhattan, titled “Voyeur’s Delight.
Her current projects include the Pandora’s BoxX Project, a photo series and book about witnessing, and being part of, the long overdue rise of female artists, along with the women gallerists, critics and collectors that support them.