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Grace Emily Manning b.1992 is interdisciplinary artist with an environmentally driven practice encompassing film, performance and experimental storytelling. Grace is co-founder and director of Terra Attune CIC.
A world builder, stop-motion animator, filmmaker, sculptor, painter, director and performance designer who grew up on the banks of the River Thames in Kent.
Her formative years spent combing the neighbouring landscape Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent has shaped her life and work.
Through a close relationship with her homelands she has nurtured a unique methodology, working across media and disciplines to build galactic site-specific projects which move from the documentary to the fantasy; ultimately offering alternate visions for the future to address the challanges of the climate crisis.
From field work to fiction, Grace’s work is enchanted with personal, poetic, emotional reflections on themes of extinction and home. Rendered through her surrealist, folkish, fairy tale spirit. Through tactile making and animating processes she expresses and practices her deep faith in nature.
Every idea starts from a walk, reflecting on the materials she has collected, unpacking the stories they have to tell. Grace collects waste materials from the landscapes she is working with to help conserve the sites and forages sensitively for organic matters to make new materials with.
The projects she embarks on question how we can design and build a sustainable future through a new organic materiality and awakened spirituality. Through Grace’s work she can practice, implement and share sustainable crafts and processes necessary for our uncertain times ahead on Earth.
Based across Kent, Birmingham and London, UK
All work and images © Grace Emily Manning 2021