On Display: March 5-27, 2021
Being an artist often puts pressure on oneself to do something that makes a statement, tells a story, evokes an emotional response, or, at the very least, is easy to sell. If one is still exploring their artistic direction, this desire to fulfill a purpose with artwork can become a hindrance to creativity and freedom to try and fail. Using materials already at my disposal, this series allowed me to create for the sake of creating, and represent time given to experimentation, failure, learning, even nonsense.
Grayson Stoff was born in Glens Falls, NY in 1992. His family relocated to South-West Florida, where he grew up making friends with the native micro-verse of plant and animal life. He would often climb trees, collect bugs and make intricate drawings for friends and family. As a high school student, he excelled in his studies and found an interest in the arts.
After high school, he went on to graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in Art. Focusing on installation art, surreal landscapes, and sculpture, Grayson finds inspiration in nature and everyday experiences. He now spends his time inspiring others as the Art teacher at a school for students with learning challenges.