Virginia Griswold

Artist Statement

A sewing needle pierces through threads, creating holes and separating material. This activity straddles the line between construction and deconstruction. The pulling apart and separation of threads is necessary in the creation of new forms.

I pay attention to material change and random events in my day-to-day life. Something as commonplace as a pot of water boiling over on the stove can bring back memories of leaving a specific brand of Southern girl-hood behind me and, as I grew into an adult, inhabiting what felt like a foreign body in an unfamiliar environment.

My practice presents itself in a similar way, as a push/pull between certainty and ambiguity - making and un-making – movement and stasis. In the studio I find myself questioning the relationship between interior and exterior, the relativity of inside and out.

-- Virginia Griswold