In her work Gracia Khouw (1967) examines how reality is perceived in contemporary visual culture. Her starting point is that language gives away the perspective from which we look at the world. Language rules and readability requirements are turned upside down in order to decompose the complex relationships between looking, reading and thinking. In her compositions with types and characters, she handles strict planning principles such as symmetry and lattice form, image rhyme or fragmentations. Her works appear as visual poetry in which sound also plays an important role.
Khouw uses various media, depending on the specific topic or command: paintings, wall paintings, digital prints, and animations. For commissions in the public space, she aims to establish a connection between a given site and its users in different ways. This could for example include architectural features or the history of the location.