Paola Gracey

"Chemistry is the primary source of my inspiration. The paintings I create are a representation of the research I have conducted, theories in chemistry, and even the chemicals I’m exposed to on a daily basis."

Paola Gracey's early exposure to the Miami art scene and her background in science academia has culminated in a very unique and distinctive style. She adopts and incorporates science concepts, chemical equations, and symbolic representations into her paintings.   “After all isn’t everything chemistry?”  Paola says.  Her passion is working with the physical aspects of acrylics, oils, resins, gels, and additives, exploring their every combination as well as their limitations on canvas.

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In the laboratory she is a precise chemist.  In the studio she can experiment by trial and error and the possibilities are endless. Incorporating different techniques such as pouring, dripping, tipping and mixing helps her manipulate the paint; both physically and chemically.  She treats each painting as an experiment.  During the creative process she takes time to record the variables that were manipulated in route to the finished product.  She uses these details to replicate the physical and chemical conditions that are necessary to accomplish her artistic goals.  This is where the symbiosis of her two passions climax.  Paola truly believes that good science is an art form just as much as good art demands sound scientific principles. Through her art Paola aims to stimulate the eyes and imagination while developing and appreciation for the science behind it.