Raque Ford’s abstract yet personal work often straddles the line between painting and sculpture, with elements of performance dancing along the periphery. Whether observing her artwork as painterly sculptures or paintings with sculptural elements, her 2- and 3D pieces engage viewers deeply, exploring narratives of female identity through constant juxtaposition: hard vs. soft, masculine vs. feminine, color vs. black and white. A better conjunction than “vs.” may be “and.” In Ford’s welded steel chains—which hint at violence as much as they do fine jewelry—and bright brushy palettes moving seductively across laser-cut acrylic surfaces, we are privy to the gamut of human emotion. “I think I struggle with balancing the desire to be uninhibited and being way too self-conscious. You can see that in my work,” Ford says.