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CULTURStv: ‘Being Gray:’ A liminal identity explored through art: Part 3

Culturs TV continues with the final segment of a three-part series in meeting with Grace Stamps to discuss her artwork and how she feels it has created a space for discovering identity.

Stamps says by using her paintings to explore her identity, she has found “grounding” that she didn’t previously find before when she was floating between two cultures.

Art gave her a space that she needed because neither of her parents were exactly like her and it was difficult for her to completely identify with either of their cultures.

Stamps says after her presentation about her identity, people came up to her and divulged that they too identified as “being gray.” She says this wasn’t her intention, for others to find solace in finally finding a space to identify themselves in, as it was more of a “self-evolved” project. In fact, many different people are searching for a connection and a community that they can call home.

Stamps says that her “Gray” series is still in progress and would like to think about more work exploring her liminal identity in the future.

By: Samantha Malpiedi

Samantha Malpiedi is a columnist for Culturs and is especially interested in current issues around the world that affect people and the way they make their livelihoods. Her cultural awareness education began at age fifteen when she traveled to five different countries including parts of Europe, Mexico and Kenya and ended in her time spent living in Chile at age 21. From these experiences she developed her love for travel and the appreciation for culture. As a duo-language speaker, she thrives in environments where communication spans cultures. Never complacent to stay in one place, her articles will interest anyone that might resonate with a restless nomad, hungry for a taste of travel.