If you’ve at any time taken a selfie at Easton City Middle, likelihood are you’ve posed with one particular of Grace Korandovich’s luscious flower valances. The artist finds it tricky to incorporate her creative imagination, her bold and attractive artwork displays and installations scale walls and fill rooms for clientele which includes the Diamond Cellar, The Athletic Club of Columbus, Bouquets & Bread, Stile Salon and other space little firms.

“A whole lot of what I produce is inspired by the setting, organic shapes, movement and the theory of movement. At times, I’m just connecting with the material. I am an airy mild really feel of an artist. I like to engage in with texture a ton,” says Korandovich, who owns Grace K Models.

Collaborating with manner designer Tracy Powell, Korandovich will be displaying what she describes as a “Mad Max themed design” at this year’s Wonderball. Under she tells us about her journey from lacrosse to art, and how she is flourishing by contemplating outside of canvas.

Grace Korandovich

Grace Korandovich

Q: You started out university as an athlete, but also had an interest in art. How did you reconcile both equally passions?

Korandovich: I’ve constantly been the nontraditional athlete and also the nontraditional artists. Both equally have well balanced me my full life. I went to San Diego State University to play lacrosse. I took that route vs . heading to artwork college, and it turned much more of a obstacle than I understood. I double majored organization and art, and I experienced to choose a action again from my artwork and make it a minor. It was just far too tricky to do on the street. Then I understood that there was a lack of harmony in my lacrosse participating in.

I was not carrying out well and it was simply because I didn’t have my regular artwork regimen in my lifestyle. I took some time off involving undergrad and graduate college, just attempting to determine out my daily life. I realized I truly skipped my artwork and that’s when I decided I necessary to make that my target yet again. It was a purely natural fit to go to the Columbus University of Artwork and Design for grad university. I took a risk and it was the only location I utilized.

Q: Your do the job features regular canvas art, but even some of that arrives off of the canvas. Have you generally been so deliberately large and bold with your operate?

Korandovich: I went from significant to tiny and smaller is not genuinely tiny for me. Most of my operate is built up of multiples. Each item could stand by itself, but I like to insert multiples alongside one another to generate a much larger piece. In grad university I experienced a mentor who challenged me to go smaller, for the reason that I experienced to find out that not absolutely everyone has a two-story wall in their dwelling that they could place artwork on that spans 30 feet broad! I went as a result of a system to test and scale down my operate. The smallest I have gotten to is 12×12. I are likely to build big parts and tailor back again.

Q: Throughout the pandemic, it was fantastic to expertise your artwork at Easton at a time in which most could not expertise artwork in museums and galleries. Can you discuss about bringing your art to these nontraditional areas?

Korandovich: It is about a link and building a person feel some thing. My purpose is to give individuals pleasure, enthusiasm, anything just to end them in their tracks. A minor anything to make their working day superior.

Q: Your Wonderball set up is a collaboration with style designer Tracy Powell. What is it like collaborating with a different artist from a unique self-discipline?

Korandovich: Most artists are pretty open to collaborations. The in addition for me is learning a further way of considering or one more technique of undertaking and viewing matters by other people’s eyes. I assume it can teach you a ton. I feel collaboration can only make you more powerful as an artist.
 
 

Donna Marbury is a journalist, communications consultant and operator of Donna Marie Consulting. The Columbus indigenous was recently named as a board member of Cbus Libraries, and stays busy with her 7-year-aged son and editorial assistant, Jeremiah.