"The sculpture of Athene Grant evolves out of two
aesthetic considerations. First, her studio practise of
conceptualizing form from direct interaction with her
materials without pre-conceived notions of "subject-matter"
- an attitude that demands risk-taking on her part and
gives her objects psychic energy and authentic formal
invention. Second, a curiosity about non-western (particularly
African) sculpture, which allows Grant to fabricate sculptures
that fuse sequential time and space, western concepts
of sculpture, to symbolic and expressive forms of non-sequential
and non-linear pre-industrial concepts of three dimensional
Costello, Art Correspondent, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Lecturer, Ringling School of Art and Eckerd College
Grant's two bronze Figurative Sculptures are enlivened
by an authentic grasp of sculptural form.
Herald Tribune 5/23/04
Woman's Contemporary Artists 2004 Exhibition
Grant's sculptures exhibit an exciting immediacy
through her use of texture, directly translating
from the clay original into the bronze. Her African
sensibility is an original new voice and makes
her an artist to watch.
Cape Times - Group Exhibition - Die Ou Schuur
Cape Town, South Africa