Gabriella Grill in /digital room/
Note by Guest Juror Dorothy Santos
In Grill’s work, The Astronomer, beyond the appearance of a fossilized refuge, a spirit or a memory burns inside the fortress that shrouds its light from our eyes. I found my vision of this work vacillating between my imagining of its interior to the meticulous and fastidious patterning of its enclosure. The artist seems to invert my conception of what it means to look outside of ourselves to the heavens for something that might already exist in ourselves. Perhaps I’m being sanguine in wanting this all to be the case. But her other work, Lost Socks, was whimsical in concept but (and much like the breadth of Grill’s work), she showed me a deftness in creating sculptural work that finds purpose in everything she touches.