Kimera Wachna started working under the name Gracemere Woods as an homage to her childhood in New York, where she was raised near a forest. To this day, this enchanted place is her biggest inspiration.
The creatures and realms in her work depict a semblance of childlike wonder and storytelling, juxtaposed with deeper and often darker themes of life, death, and rebirth. The canvases she most often chooses to paint on are pieces of discarded wood, as well as wood foraged from free fallen branches. Using them is her way of “continuing the life cycle of age-old trees”.
Though she’s most drawn to owls, all beasts are magical to Wachna. They remind us of how to connect back to ourselves, the parts that are hidden or long forgotten.