Odette Graskie
Born 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Odette Graskie is an artist living in Johannesburg, South Africa who is working with paper and drawing. Graskie graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria in 2015 and is currently doing her MA in Visual Arts at the University of Johannesburg.  ‘My practice is an exploration. Whether in paper fibers, secret messages, or interactions between people, I involve myself in the act of active looking and paying attention. Through drawing, I am forced to look closer and take in more. This has unintentional emotional consequences, leaving me with a range of emotions (from love and connection to abandonment and alienation), which I then attempt to express and unravel through the use of line.  My work is focussed on unraveling small moments and looking closer - echoed in Susan Sontag’s words: ‘Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.’
Odette Graskie, A Hand Guide to the Betrayal of Chins, Earlobes and Button Noses,2022, Artist book with pen on Schoellershammer paper with thread and cord,13 x 13 x 4cm. Courtesy of Berman Contemporary.

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