Alexandra Grant: 'Storytelling' is 'At the Heart of What We Both Do' with Keanu Reeves

"We both care about people and we care about characters," Alexandra Grant told PEOPLE at the Los Angeles Beverly Arts Icon Awards on Friday.  

At the Los Angeles Beverly Arts Icon Awards on Friday, the 50-year-old visual artist told PEOPLE that "storytelling is at the heart of what we both do."  

Granted, "My work is much more of a private performance, but I have a text that I interpret in the studio into a painting, into an object," adding,   

"He takes the text in private and then turns it into a performance in public." “There's a relationship,” she said.  

"We're readers and researchers at heart. Both persons and characters matter to us."  

"Grant, an honoree, used a metaphor to link her creative world to Reeves', whom she worked with on Ode to Happiness in 2011.  

“I think there's a lot of similarities,” she said. I sometimes think making a picture is like a cruise ship, like we're seeing with the strike.  

Everyone depends on others. You can't go off and—as an artist, maybe at the start of my career, I was in a kayak on creativity.   

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