Grace Stones specialises in contemporary drawing, looking particularly at endurance, the process of drawing and mental health coping mechanisms. Her work is directly related to the site in which it is made, and is comprised of one intrusive thought written over and over again until it is no longer recognisable.
Grace has recently exhibited at Loughborough University, (Future Creatives) and at The MTC (A Changing Industry: Connecting and Engineering Exhibition). Originally from Wolverhampton, she graduated in Fine Art at Loughborough University in 2018.
Upon first sight, it is impossible to understand '187 hours' within a mental health context. However, through Cognitive Defusion it is suggested that repeating a negative thought it loses its meaning, and can be defused from the mind. Although the work is initially understood as drawing, it is comprised of one intrusive thought written over and over again in graphite, creating dense obsessive marks, which are no longer recognisable.
Furthermore, Acceptance enables a physicalisation of the feelings created by the anxiety. The work directly responds to the site, inviting the viewer to enter its space and be surrounded by it, representing the dominance of the thought. The subtle reflections shown on the surface display images of the viewer and, change in response to its environment, ressembling the disruptions in the process of coping with anxiety.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019