ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | Teaunna Gray

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT  |  Teaunna Gray
TEAUNNA GRAY is an artist, director and photographer based in Toronto, Canada. She owns and oversees Of Sorts® Studio as well as Sunday Afternoon online vintage shop.


Of Sorts® Studio  loft & creative studio in Toronto’s Annex


1. During this unconventional time, what does a day in your life look like?

Towards the end of 2020, I was blessed to be able to secure a studio I’ve had my eye on for years. It’s allowed me to have a place to go and work these days! I usually have a tea in the morning then head to the studio where I’m either packing orders to ship for my business Sunday Afternoon, planning the next photoshoot or writing film treatments. I’ve been super busy over these last few months so I always make sure to take walks throughout the day which really help to centre me.



Sunday Afternoon vintage wear


2. How has the pandemic affected your creative practice and pursuits? Your directing and photography work?

It’s really made the space for me to plan and create the type of work I love and want to make. I’ve been sitting with ideas and stories that I’ve really wanted to share but was so preoccupied with non-important activities, part time jobs and self-doubt. I’ve challenged myself during this pandemic to execute and really plan what I want for my future - career-wise, financial- in alllll of the ways. It’s definitely a privilege to be able to say that, during these times.

 


Still from Reverence (2020) – a short film documentary by Teaunna Gray.
While digging deep into Toronto's history, this film challenges what findings are held in reverence.

3. Congratulations on the beautiful Of Sorts® Studio! What inspired you to open it?

I’m so appreciative of all the love and support myself, Of — Sorts® and the Studio have received since we opened Jan 1st of this year. I knew I wanted to have a hub for the creative community, as well as a place where I can have the free range to do everything I ever wanted and dreamed of doing. I spent so much money over the years renting out studios and I figured it would be a better investment to put that money into my own space. I love interior design and I’m able to flex that muscle within the space through my vintage brand. It’s honestly the perfect space for me to do all of the things that I love.





4. Is self-portraiture a form you generally gravitate towards? Why or why not?

It’s funny because self-portraiture is something I’ve shyed away from as I’ve gotten older. It probably has to do with the fact that this particular form of expression is often associated with being vain or self-absorbed, etc. For the past 10 years, I’ve taken film portraits of myself and body when which I keep in a hidden folder just for me. I’ve called the series: A Portrait Of Sorts. One day I’ll maybe release them in a group show with other brave souls... who knows haha.



5. Where are you finding creative inspiration at the moment?

Recently, I’ve been finding creative inspiration from old foreign films. A good one I watched recently was Tampopo (1985). I love reimagining old cinema faves of mine in modern times. Being someone who loves all forms of mediums, I like to also take pieces of art I come across and make a short film out of them. Paying homage to old films and classic art definitely inform my creative thinking these days.


Teaunna wears the Petite Nuage Hoops and Asymmetrical Signet

6. One thing upcoming that you're exciting for, personally or professionally?

My partner and I put a deposit down on our dream puppy last year and she arrives later this year! My 10 year old self is screaming with excitement!!!

7. What rituals or activities are keeping you grounded and clear-minded right now?

Definitely those walks I talked about earlier and reading! When I have the time, nothing soothes me quite like a good book. Something else I do- often subconsciously, is reorganize. If you know me, you know that I am constantly finding new ways to revamp my space. At the end of a long day, you’ll find me curled up on the couch watching dog-training videos on youtube or bingeing episodes of Architectural Digest’s house tours.
 



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