Da Costa Grace
Grace Da Costa was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Studied graphic design at the Johannesburg College of Art and worked as a graphic designer for close on twenty years. Frustrated by the demands of clients, computers and commercialism, she started sculpting and painting. She has exhibited extensively and her work is represented in many collections “My creativity is driven primarily by my obsession with the expressive qualities provided by the human form whether in sculpting or painting. Within current art practice the concept has been the starting point, often leaving the exploration or application of the chosen medium as a secondary consideration. I work from the opposite point of view, beginning with body and medium and allowing their interaction to develop in an expressive and intuitive way, through a process of experimentation, to the expression of a concept. I manipulate and expand the initial image through a process of repeated application and subtraction overpainting or reworking areas and sometimes collaging several works together as my ideas and associations emerge during the working process. The plastic qualities of the medium, composition, contrast, surface tension and texture are all elements that are considered and explored. A work is often changed and reworked over an extended period. I prefer to articulate my thoughts visually rather than verbally. The process is an attempt at organizing and understanding information, exploring confusion and trying to resolve personal concerns. The works are a record or reflection of what I am exposed to in daily life, in the media and in society – somewhat like a ‘collage’ of thoughts, experience and process. Man’s perception of reality, the transience of life, belief in an afterlife, notions of good and evil, religion, power and gender are universal human issues which inform my interpretation.