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Fragments of memory are reflected in cut up photographs and painted movements. The brain is covered in mixed media collage, including pieces of Grad’s original photographs taken in Israel, painted scenes in acrylic and various materials and objects. The broken pieces of collage symbolize the illusion of memory. The difference between what actually happened and what’s remembered is unclear because of the nebulous nature of memory. Photographs appear to document events, but memories are questioned through the combined fragments of documented and imagined scenes. This blending further emphasizes the theme of real vs. remembered.
Rachael Grad is a Toronto artist, mom of three and recovered lawyer who has studied and worked in the US, France, Italy and Hong Kong. For as long as she can remember, she has created, studied, and obsessed about making art. In 2008, she left the practice of law to study painting full-time in New York City. Her artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in Washington, DC, New York City, Venice, Italy, and the greater Toronto area. She holds degrees from Brandeis University (BA, Honors in Economics & Minor in French Literature), Duke University School of Law (JD) and Sciences Po in Paris, France (Diploma, International Relations). She has also studied painting and drawing at New York University, the New York Studio School and OCAD University.