I am a self-taught photographer, writer and filmmaker. I am a woman, person of color and first-generation immigrant. I never expected photography to be so deeply personal for me, yet it has become a way to express myself, to explore the world, and to try to make sense of our fleeting existences. My creative process is fundamentally intuitive, relying on experimentation rather than detailed planning. My photography practice is rooted in analogue and experimental processes. Shooting on film has always felt like the natural choice, as did darkroom printing. I try to make an image as honestly as possible in the moment. This is, in part, a doomed effort to accurately capture time and memory.
A perpetual wanderer, I’m interested in the liminal spaces that exist on borders, boundaries, between realms both physical and emotional. A long-term photography project of mine explores a recurring motif of figures near bodies of water, which I hope to continue to explore at the Luminous Bodies residency. In the past year I found myself drawn to hands – the way they reach, fold, push, pull, caress, and hold. They are a focus in my latest series Trace. I’m interested in expanding on that series and explore creating images of bodies and water, in each other, around each other – combining two longstanding interests of mine. I will be working with multiple film cameras at the residency and responding to the natural environment around me. Given my practice is driven by instincts and intuition, the process is organic and ever-changing.
Grace Wang (she/her) is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker who works in video, photography, text, and sound. Focusing primarily on analog processes, her practice ranges from street photography to landscape, experimental processes to multi-medias. She is interested in exploring our connection to nature, time, and the complexity of being human. She has exhibited at film festivals across North America/Europe/Asia, galleries, Air Canada, and On-demand video. Grace is an alumnus of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, 2016 CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators, and 2018 Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab. Her work is supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.