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Loralee Grace

A Breath of Life, Haifa, Palestine | 10″ x 14″ | Watercolor, gouache on paper

Artist Statement

Early visions of environmental catastrophes and socioeconomic injustices due to climate change struck me at a young age. I knew I wanted to document both the state of the world, how it is now and how I imagined it would change in the future. As soon as I was able, I did just that.
I began traveling the globe, visiting breathtaking regions, and meeting inspiring, thought-provoking people everywhere I went. I soon realized that my desire to capture the beauty around me wasn’t enough and that I wanted to reference the wise and fascinating cultures that were influencing how I saw the world.
Thus, for over a decade, I have been adding to and curating my Futurelands series. What began as a reluctant harbinger of things to come has morphed into more of a celebration of humanity in its varying environments.
But under the surface, it’s more than that. What has driven me to pursue this work is my hope that it can bring awareness to how people in “developing” countries and areas of America, haven’t just been exploited socioeconomically, but that they also unjustly suffer the devastating effects of climate change and pollution they had no part in creating.    

Artwork/s at the following locations:
College For Creative Studies
Cass Cafe

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @loralee_grace_paintings

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.