Grace Weston works in the genre of staged photography, constructing, lighting, and photographing miniature, staged vignettes to address the questions and contradictions of life, both large and small. She is intrigued by the psychological landscape, and although her images never depict people, their main concerns are the complexities of human existence and our endless search for meaning. She balances humor, beauty and psychological tension in little dramas infused with anxiety and perplexity, mystery and surrealism, or the sense of isolation that is paradoxically experienced universally
“Weston’s work has the quality of incipient Grand Guignol, incorporating the antipodal textures of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Hieronymus Bosch.” – Jazno Francouer, Simulacra:Arca Lumis, Oct. 19, 2007
In 2012 Grace’s work was received with acclaim in her first European solo show at Paci Contemporary in Brescia, Italy. A nominee for Portland Art Museum’s 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Grace also received honorable mentions in the International Kontinent Awards 2013 and Center Forward 2013. She was a finalist in PhotoEspana’s Descubrimientos 2009 and one of the Whatcom Museum 2008 Photography Biennial’s “Nine to Watch”. The Oregon Arts Commission honored Grace with an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in 2006. Public collections include those of the Portland Art Museum, University of Oregon, Seattle Public Utilities Portable Artworks Collection, Photographic Center Northwest, Portland Community College, 4 Culture King County, and the City of Seattle. She has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Europe and Scandinavia. Her work has been featured in print magazines in Italy, Spain, China, and the Netherlands, as well as on many international online magazines. Grace’s work is included in the book Microworlds, published in 2011 by Laurence King Publishing (UK).
Grace has also been commissioned to create her unique style of staged narrative photography in the editorial world, illustrating writings in “O the Oprah Magazine”, “More” and “Discover Magazine”, and creating the cover imagery for CDs, books and a number of city magazines, including “Portland Monthly”, “Seattle Metropolitan”, and “Pittsburgh Magazine”.