Jenn Singer Gallery presents How Do You Say Grace?, a solo exhibition of new work by Valincy-Jean Patelli inspired by Grace Jones and on view exclusively via Artsy.
Valincy-Jean Patelli sees Grace Jones as a living goddess, mother of strength and beauty, and an intersection of masculinity, femininity and polarity. In her youth, Patelli was drawn in by Grace's androgyny and her own curiosity about sexuality and otherness, particularly as it pertains to blackness:
“Throughout my teens and adulthood, her authenticity and boldness had an immense effect on how I learned to navigate my posture while defining my identity. Constantly inspired by her music and larger than life personality, my portraits of Grace Jones attempt to capture her essence while maintaining a formal nod to her iconic imagery.”
In her newest figurative and abstract paintings, Patelli uses acrylics and spray paint to capture the spirit of Grace Jones and her embodiment of the other as it expresses duality.