Finding Foreverland was inspired by a poem Grad wrote exploring the wisdom and authenticity of a flower’s life. The most delicate flower is still a badass…It even looks good old. And dies without apologizing. He says, “from as far back as I can remember, I’ve always felt at home surrounded by nature. It’s wise. And patient. It was here before us, and will probably be here long after we’re gone.
In Finding Foreverland, Grad creates metaphorical characters who struggle to grasp with the wisdom that a flower so naturally embodies, reflecting his interest in the environment and our evolving relationship to it. He uses photographs taken in various settings at different times and places. The time and place is not of particular importance. It’s the alchemy of complementary environments cropped into hand painted gestural shapes, combined with colors and text, assembled into 3D wall hangings, which brings his characters to life.