Artist Spotlight: Grace Hale

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Grace Hale featured with her latest collaged masterpiece. WILLIAM WIN/FOGHORN

Grace Hale does it all: she paints, makes collages, illustrates on her iPad and, oh, one more thing, she has a black belt in karate. A junior and a Sacramento native, Hale is double majoring in design and art history. The Foghorn sat down with her to discuss her style, future plans and the catharsis involved in making art.

Kate Sagara: When and how did you first become interested in art?

Grace Hale: My mom was super into scrapbooking in the ‘90s, so ever since I was a baby I had [art] stuff around me. She always jokes that she should’ve known that I would like art later because I would want to finger paint at six months old. But during high school, I sort of took a break from it because I wanted to do other stuff, like writing. Then in college, when I became a design major, I came back to doing visual art, which I love.

KS: How would you describe your style of art?

GH: I would say messy. When I was learning in elementary school classes, I loved it but I never thought I could do anything with it, because everything was focused on being accurate and right. As I grew up, I got to see it doesn’t have to be a perfect representation. It can be whatever you want it to be. And I think that’s given me a lot of agency in the way that I create. And I’m still scared of having my stuff be bad. I still think most of it’s bad. But I think my style is having [my art] be bad in a weird, hopefully good way. Messy, but cool.

KS: How do you see art fitting into your post-graduation plans?

GH: It would be a dream to have some sort of creative outlet as a job. But also I think it’s hard to make yourself be creative on demand. It’s something that you have to learn how to do, which can be exhausting in a 9-to-5 setting or even a freelance setting. But I hope that [creativity is] there in some way. Doing my own art is cathartic and [it’s] important for my mental health to have that sort of expression. When I’m not doing it, it’s bad for me to not be putting my energy into it.

KS: Is there anything else you want people to know about you?

GH: I can be a really big and confident person. But doing art or being creative in any form is scary, whether or not it’s writing, doing visual art, graphic design or even just talking about art in art history class. [I want people to know] that I’m not always super loud and confident. I get scared for group critiques for my classes. [Art is] scary no matter what.

You can check out some of Grace’s work on Instagram @Grace_Hale14 or on Behance.

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