NADA Curated: Reduction to Satire (Reductio ad Satura)

Image of artwork titled "Concrete sandwich" by Molly Grad

Molly Grad, Concrete sandwich, 2021
UV print on mild steel
13.78 × 13.78 × 0.06 inches

Molly Grad is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, working across the mediums of drawing, painting, performance, sculpture, and textiles. Grad is investigating personal, ancestral, and collective trauma, through enacting radical empathy towards its least visible–inanimate objects or live occupants alike. Utilizing multiple platforms, she performs an excavation process into urban cities’ industrial pasts, thus interfering with the vertical axis and inverting social orders as a solution to our current state. Grad’s “Fleeting Street sculpture”, explores the potential of everyday urban landscapes to create site-specific, short-lived experiences utilizing existing structures to create an emergence–a radical change act.

The oversized British staple Prêt-a-manger classic recreated in concrete and silk hand printed lettuce leaves as well as the contrast of the light, upper-class material versus the rough, so-called working-class concrete formed an especially gritty, farcical serving, drawing attention on a regular workday of a heaving metropolis.



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