Grace Adamczyk

Careful She

c. 2022
Wool, fiber reactive dyes, various yarns, thread
Dimensions variable, approximately 12 1/2 ft L x 4ft W

In response to the threat of physical safety, this quilt works as a body, skin, and armor to
question the violence of the male gaze and what actions can be taken in return.

Portals (Diptych, instillation view)

c. 2022
Fabric dye, oil, pastel, graphite on canvas
Dimensions variable, approximately 3ft x 9ft each

Part of a series that looks to record both safe and dangerous spaces for the feminine in the
technological age, re-imaging the archive of women’s history into maps for future use.

7 Days (installation view)

c. 2022
Various yarns, fabric scraps, wool, lace
Individual dimensions 8 inches x 15 inches, two pieces

Using the balaclava mask fetishized by internet culture and worn by girls to sexualize
their personas, they are collaged into fleshy, grotesque figures through scraps from
materials used in other projects.

Local Girls

c. 2022
Pastel, acrylic on clay board
6 x 6 inches, five pieces

Returning to the balaclava as a signifier of the sexualized female experience on the
internet, a body appears trapped in a square pop-up porn ad, attempting to wrestle with
the space before giving up to the 6x6 frame.

Body Bags

c. 2022
Crocheted yarn, fabric dye, poly-fill, wire

A network of crocheted bodies resembling various sex toys and phallic objects, writhing
under the pressure and pain of the male gaze this instillation works to take stock of
violence both in the physical and online worlds.

Artist Statement

The physical motion of my own body propels my work, moving through a variety of materials I pour, dye, stain, drip, hang, rip and sew. I entwine elements of textile, painting, and written language to evoke sensation in an engulfing manor. Utilizing a scale of 1:1 to envelope the viewer and implore them to stand head to head with the work, I am attempting to re-imagine the body as it reckons with the simultaneous presence of lust and rage. I draw connections to film and contemporary social media to map out the history of abuse and commodification of the
female body.

The nature of the work is bodily, crude, and preliminary in its rendering as it attempts to connect experiences as spectacle, and to depict the realities of “girlhood” through an honest retelling of
female history and gendered violence. My practice functions in a non-linear manner, collaging seemingly disconnected incidents and relationships to deconstruct myths of bodily agency and the increasing trend of self-sexualization on the internet.

Overall, my artistic practice aims to create spaces for recognition and emotional healing. I am investigating various modes of internet experience and taking stock of the exploitation of the female body through the use of image-making and language, and the exponential influence it has under technology.