2nd Year Reviews: Grace Strattan by Victoria Lavorini


The spheres gently sit

or roll

or dance

or float

or taunt


and stare.


They are confident in being.

Gently existing.


You could reach all the way in –

there is space for you.

Or you could reach out a little –

and grab ahold.


Behind the mound with calculated leaks,

that shelves the spherical six,

breathes a wash that maybe wanted to drip from its border

like some of its neighbors do.

And be free of being grounded

and be free of handling the center.


But what is a thing

without some ground?



It is in the space

shared with the center of your eye

when you look

at the floating heaps

whose enormity could intimidate.

But they won’t see you looking.

They cannot be bothered.

They are too busy

gently existing.


I wonder how those heaps feel

coexisting with those straight lines.

And I wonder if they notice

that those lines – they aren’t really perfectly straight

and that their edges reveal the hand that brought them into being.

Or if they just assume pristineness,

and see them existing as complete opposites.

Too different to meld

but comfortable enough to touch.


And the lines,

do they see those undulating curves and forms

of the heaps

and then

salute them as playful eccentrics?

Or do they see their intermittent translucency

and think,

“They are certainly diverse, but not unwavering.”


And cradling these relationships

is the color

that moves and morphs as living things should.


Almost navy blue sharp edges.

Almost navy blue bend.

Burnt orange gestures.

Burnt orange verticals.

Some type of honeydew green shape.

Some type of honeydew green horizontals.


Gently existing.



To learn more about Grace’s work and her process please visit http://gracestrattan.tumblr.com/

As part of the second-year graduates’ Thesis Projects I course, candidates were each assigned two of their cohort to review. As students begin writing their thesis papers and constructing artist statements, this review process proves to be beneficial twofold. Students not only exercise their written critique skills, but are able to read about their own project from other voices. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting these reviews, so be sure to visit regularly for insights and photos of the second years’ progress!


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