Grace Cross is a Zimbabwean painter who enacts symbols that represent questions about home and identity, assumed gender roles in the domestic sphere and about security of space today for the foreign body. The artist is part of the international feminist artist collective the Femme Gems, the drawing collective Open Drawer Projects based in South Africa and the Chicago-based greenhouse art ecology project Uptool.
"I want each object which I select to paint, to be imbued with ritual power, a kind of sympathetic magic. These objects and their images are neither static nor passive, but alive in their associations and entanglements.“
Grace Cross, born 1987 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She completed her MFA in Studio Arts at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, US. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town (2012) and a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she was co-awarded the Judy Steiner Painting Prize (2010). The artist has been awarded grants from the National Arts Council of South Africa and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Grace Cross’ works are included in the collections of the Spier Arts Trust and the University of Cape Town among others. Grace Cross lives and works in Cape Town, ZA.