Grace Slaven is an artist, teacher, and emerging academic based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is interested in the historic link between femininity and nature and ways of visually representing this relationship not in a logical manner but one that is intuitive, based on myth and allegory. Grace draws on inspiration from an array of sources such as Surrealism, Gothic Romanticism, cinematography, literature, as well as fashion and textiles design. Anything feminine with an edge, even a sense of darkness, is very appealing to her.
Grace’s artwork has been featured in numerous group exhibitions around Perth. Such achievements include being a featured artist in two RAW Perth exhibitions in addition to two solo exhibitions: La Natura in 2015 and Flesh and Forest in June 2021. The latter exhibition showcased Grace's investigation into the relationship between femininity and the Australian Gothic landscape through painted, drawn, and photographic methods. This practice-led research into Australian Gothic has also led to Grace providing written content for journals such as the Scottish based publication, The Debutante. Following completion of her Masters in Fine Art in 2021 at Curtin University, Western Australia, Grace has commenced her doctoral studies. It is her hope that this continuation of her love of artmaking as research will create artworks that unearth female narratives that transcend history from the beautiful and sublime, to the monstrous.