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 remained in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the past 23 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 2017, then film photography in March 2019, and is self-taught. She dreams of pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree to further develop her artistic practice.
Grace is a self-taught photographer and installation artist 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 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 consistent use of a pastel color palette, apparel and props sourced from thrift stores and estate sales, and self-portraits that play with notions of performative femininity. Her greatest influences include photographers Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons, as well as horror cinema.