In 1989, I began to execute temporal, nature-based constructions that celebrate the dichotomy between tenacious and tenuous. Physical explorations of self and survival, these linked, linear and rib-like planar structures incorporate elements of internal structure, structural interdependence, and protective external membrane and speak to the essence of systems. Termed "Intuitive Architecture", I executed them on an intimate scale, much like the skeleton or exoskeleton of a small creature, and on human scale, like a collapsible structure large enough for two, a group totem or large creature.
The themes of "Intuitive Architecture" are shelter, mobility, independence, interdependence and personal sustainability ( ie. individual and holistic survival). Descriptive of a physical reality that is both personal and site specific, "Intuitive Architecture" has a relationship to Transcendental ideology coined and embraced by Thoreau and Emerson, that is, seeking Oneness with God and the Universal Om in nature.........
In my early 20's I carved elegaic, intimate, self portraits in wood. During this period, I was engaged in an extremely painful custody battle with my daughter's father and step mother. A mother at age 18, I had chosen a path of considerable personal sacrifice to bear and raise my daughter. To lose her at age six, even part-time, was almost unendurable for me.
The figurative self-portraits are the physical manifestations of my efforts to keep myself intact, when it seemed that which I most treasured in my life, the maternal bond of continuity, was damaged irrevocably.
In my 30's, my art began to look quite different as I found myself working through intimate relationships, gender identity, and social roles in mixed media. These small graphic/sculptural figurative works are reductive and metaphoric, with implied social, family or political contexts and dramas.
My twelve year career as an elementary art educator, interspersed with parenting, has leant an important creative dynamic to my life. Communicating and collaborating with children via line shape and color in surprisingly sophisticated inquiries resulted in "Cosmoscope" and collaborative work. lead to my current interest in site specific collaborative community projects to be seen and enjoyed in public spaces.
"Cosmology" developed after my divorce, specifically as a means to exploring color and shape as pure energy and arrangement, and came specifically from my work with elementary students........When I began to cut and reconfigure these discarded paintings, the Ephemera-Detritus series evolved, incorporating found images, textures and shapes in low relief assemblages.
There is a series of three shaped panels, "Sweet Tooth", "Red Hot Long Lost Lone Star" and "Boy Blue," incomplete, which lead to "Requiem"........
I'm also currently working on a young adult dystopian eco fantasy, Aria of Sylvania.
Curriculum Vitae of Christine M. Griffin
Public Art Commissions/Residencies/ Community Collaborations
2012; “Almost Beachfront Digital Studio Lab” Project Award, Stonybrook University,
Southampton, NY. July.
2010: “Jumbo Grade” commissioned environmental sculpture installed on private lands.
Carson City, NV. Steel and wood.
2009: “Bird Song, Bird Dance”, Artist in Residence Sculpture Commission,
Pocono Elementary Center, Tannersville, PA, funded by PA Department of Economic &
Community Development grant. An installation of seven kinetic sculptural elements of
varying scale evolving from a four week arts residency with students grades K-5. Powder
coated steel, wood, and copper.
2004: “Hearts, Hands and Homes of Bangor”. Artist-in-Residence Public Mural
Commission, funded by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant, co-sponsored by Bangor
Main Street Program, Bangor, PA. A 48” mandala incorporating symbolic motifs selected
by eighth grade students from the heritage and values of their community. Stained Glass.
2003: “Shafer Koality Kids” Brainstormed themes with fourth grade student design team,
illustrated by high school students. Fourth graders chose favorite aspects of designs, which
were combined into final illustration. Co-coordinated production of 24 x 4’ collaborative
mosaic mural with fourth grade and high school students, and artist in residence Tomas
Wolff. Shafer Elementary School, Nazareth PA, through PA Artist in Residence Grant and
1997: “Delaware Water Gap” collaborated with eighth grade gifted education class to create
a PA finalist banner submission exhibited on Getty Museum of Los Angeles' website. JT
Lambert Intermediate School, East Stroudsburg, PA.
Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
The Forge Gallery, Milford, PA "Cosmoscope" July 2013The Shawnee Gallery, Shawnee On Delaware, PA. "Delaware" November 2010
Dutot Museum, Delaware Water Gap, PA, "Sweet Tooth" July 2008
Pocono Cinema Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Cosmoscope” April 2008
GoggleWorks, Reading PA. Cohen Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Feb-March 2007
Community Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Church, Mt. Pocono, PA, Solo Exhibition, May 2006
The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA "Self Portraits" Juried Exhibition. June 2001
Pocono Cinema Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Pink”, October, 2000
Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton PA. "Regional Art '98" Juried Exhibition July, 1998
Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. "Mayfair '96 Juried Exhibition".
Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA. "Face to Face: Portraits by Moore Alumnae." March- April, 1994
Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA "Sculpture by Recent Moore Alumnae" June 1992
Stonybrook University, Southampton Writer's Conference, Young Adult Fiction with National Library Award Winner Patricia McCormick, July 2012
Graduate work in English as a Second Language, IU 20, Northampton, PA, 2002
Graduate work in Graphic Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA, 1995
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA B.F.A cum laude
Sculpture/ Art Education 1990
Lehigh University, Architecture, 1985
University of Rochester, Psychology, 1984