Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

Employee of the Month
, 2023
Oil on canvas
Ten works, each 33 x 33 cm (framed)

Grace Mcnerney (b. 2001, Harrogate) is a London based painter and photographer, whose practice pursues spectacle and comedy in the liminal and mundane.

Mcnerney revels in the everyday, taking as inspiration such worlds as office culture, airline health and safety, and slot machines. Her projects, usually expansive series of works around a single of these themes, encompass film, canvas, and sculpture.

Her degree show was a large-scale exploration on canvas of the ‘Cool Water Company’, a fictional organisation of self-evident specialism, around which Mcnerney constructed a hypothetical (and somewhat farcical) world of staff hierarchies and open-plan offices. The installation was an homage to the modern day service sector, a celebration of office workers, and a commentary on the peripheral microcultures generated by late stage capitalism.

The work shown in Crème Fraîche, a series of ten portraits collectively titled Employee of the Month, was one element of her degree show installation, and was inspired by a series of staff headshots taken from an accounting firm in Blackburn.