Shyanne Grandi is an artist, art therapist, teacher, wife, and mother, living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Shyanne received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Fine Art from Biola University in La Mirada, CA and her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Shyanne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Art Therapist. Shyanne's career as an art therapist has included working with children and families and providing supervision in a community mental health setting, conducting and presenting research on resiliency building through art therapy, and teaching an art therapy survey course at Biola University.
As an artist, Shyanne's work reflects a process of that Freud might have identified as making the "unconscious, conscious." Using materials spanning from video and sound to plaster and fabric, the materials she selects further serve to solidify themes of self-exploration from reflections on the here-and-now to imagining the intrapsychic connections between self and others. Shyanne's all-time favorite artist is Nam June Paik, whose early video installation and performance art opened her to the possibilities that art offers. Other artists who continue to be a source of inspiration are Kiki Smith, Jeanne-Claude and Christo, Lee Bontecou, Tiensirin Tienngern, and Charlene Melhorn-Caposecco.
When I find myself among the trees, branches reaching toward the sky or bending low to touch the earth, my thoughts scramble to find peace. I long for life to be simple. The trees greet me. Hold me. Make life feel simple. The simple act of walking - one foot in front of the other - through soft dirt. Over hard clay. Across smooth stones uncovered and rolled by mountain streams.The simple act of walking. Noticing. Breathing. One foot in front of the other.