Growing up as a child in the internet age, Grace Pham became acutely aware that she had a generic name (Vietnam only has about 7 different surnames). Other Grace Phams around the world were lawyers, doctors, dentists, import car models, wedding photographers, etc. So, she went with the least offensive name that started with an "S," which is how the Grace Sydney Pham personal rebranding crusade began.

Grace started taking photos in February of 2017 as a means of stress relief and self-expression. She mostly focuses on self portraiture and still life photography.  

Artist Statement

Grace is a self-taught photographer and installation artist who translates figurative and idiomatic language into visual and tactical works, a means of escapism from the anxieties and stressors entailed by being a female Asian American physician-scientist in training. She explores themes of reproductive freedom and biotechnology, distortions of conventional gender roles, youth and vanity, and Asian fetishization while simultaneously being “othered” in contemporary America. Grace achieves the transmogrification of past trauma into surreal, escapist fantasy with the consistent use of a pastel color palette, apparel and props sourced from thrift stores and estate sales, and self-portraits that play with notions of performative femininity. Her greatest influences include photographers Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons, as well as horror cinema.

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