Grace Adam

Lead Design Tutor, Access to HE Diploma (Design) Associate Lecturer on BA (Hons) Spatial Design

London College of Communication

Biography

Grace Adam is a practising artist and lecturer. She trained as a painter and went on to complete her MA in Sculpture and Installation at Chelsea College of Arts.  Following this, she was Fellow at the college for a year and holds a PG Cert from UAL.

Adam teaches across a range of courses, including BA Design Cultures and BA Interior and Spatial Design. Adam has also worked at: Central School of Speech & Drama, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Serpentine Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Courtauld Institute, Tate Modern and Britain and the National Portrait Gallery. 

Modes of Remembrance: The Act and Art of Remembering, (her current project) has received UAL funding and an Arts Council of England Award.

Research interests

Objects, ephemera, portraits, homes, spaces, domestic environments, public, private, occupy, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, site, built, un-built, everyday, re-evaluate, negotiate, influence, overlooked, grotesque, ordinary, beauty.

Research statement

Adam works across drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.

How do we build, negotiate and use our environments? Work references town-planning, the objects we buy, the everyday; notions of what can be beautiful and where.

How do we negotiate and influence our domestic and wider environments? How we interpret contemporary and historical ideas of beauty is being tested. Works seek to question and re-evaluate some of the objects and spaces that define our environments, and therefore us. Pieces hover between built, un-built and grown. An appropriation of familiar, mundane materials and techniques into another context, allows us to see again the plain, the overlooked, the grotesque, the ordinary.

Our fascination with, and fetishisation of objects, manifests itself in gallery, museum, religious and domestic contexts. Selections and collections of objects and ephemera form vast sprawling portraits of our lives and preoccupations. Our objects act as props; their purpose to facilitate our functioning well in our constructed spaces, and to ‘dress’ these spaces. We like the way they look. We like what they say about us, how they describe our ‘tastes’. They remind us of people we know/have known. For these reasons, some of the things we own are lovely, and some are not.