Grace Sydney Pham
b. 1991 in Jacksonville, AR
Grace was born to refugee parents who fled their home country at the onset of the Vietnam War. At the age of 5, she and her family moved to Arlington, Texas and she has since been trapped in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the past 22 years: Grace completed her Bachelors of Arts in English literature at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX (2008), and a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX (2013) where she has remained since, concurrently working on her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and PhD in Physiology. Grace began learning digital photography in February of 2017 and is self-taught. One day, she will pursue a Master of Fine Arts to further develop her photography practice.
Grace is a self-taught photographer who translates figurative and idiomatic language into visual and tactical works, a means of escapism from the anxieties and stressors entailed by being a female Asian American physician-scientist in training. She explores the themes of reproductive freedom and biotechnology, distortions of conventional gender roles, youth and vanity, and Asian fetishization while simultaneously being “othered” in contemporary America. Grace achieves the transmogrification of past trauma into surreal, escapist fantasy with the use of a consistent pastel color palette, apparel and props sourced from thrift and dollar stores, and self-portraits that alternate between obscuring her face and baring nearly all, while avoiding the use of explicit nudity or deliberate sexuality. Her two greatest influences are Cindy Sherman and horror cinema.