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Gail Grinnell
updated: 01/09/2014
website: www.gailgrinnell.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello
charcoal drawing 1. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal drawing 3. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal drawing 2. photo: Richard Nicol
Tinker, Tailor. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Chris Terrell
Tinker, Tailor detail. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Jean Behnke
LightlyHere. Bellvue Art Museum.photo: Richard Nicol
Seep. photo: Richard Nicol
Mound. photo: Richard Nicol
Bower. photo: Richard Nicol
Bower detail. photo: Richard Nicol
 
Portfolio Keywords:  repetition, biomorphic, mapping, spiritual, obsessive, process, nature, site-specific, collaborative, architecture
 
 
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods by Gail Grinnell
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2012
Dimensions variable
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods by Gail Grinnell
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2012
Dimensions variable
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods by Gail Grinnell
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Mark Woods
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2012
Dimensions variable
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello by Gail Grinnell
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2012
Dimensions variable
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello by Gail Grinnell
Ruffle: Installation by Gail Grinnell, Suyama Space, Seattle,WA. photo:Marisa Vitiello
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2012
Dimensions variable
charcoal drawing 1. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
charcoal drawing 1. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal on vellum
2010
34 0 " x  25 0 " 
charcoal drawing 3. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
charcoal drawing 3. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal on vellum
2010
34 0 " x  25 " 
charcoal drawing 2. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
charcoal drawing 2. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal on vellum
2010
38 " x  25 " 
Tinker, Tailor. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Chris Terrell by Gail Grinnell
Tinker, Tailor. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Chris Terrell
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2011
Dimensions variable
Tinker, Tailor detail. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Jean Behnke by Gail Grinnell
Tinker, Tailor detail. Anchor Space, Anacortes, WA. photo: Jean Behnke
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2010
Dimensions variable
LightlyHere. Bellvue Art Museum.photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
LightlyHere. Bellvue Art Museum.photo: Richard Nicol
spun polyester, acrylic, ink, coffee/tea stains
2009
Dimensions variable
Seep. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
Seep. photo: Richard Nicol
polyester, acrylic, ink, charcoal
2010
28 " x  33 " 
Mound. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
Mound. photo: Richard Nicol
charcoal on vellum
2010
9 " x  12 " 
Bower. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
Bower. photo: Richard Nicol
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2010
Dimensions variable
Bower detail. photo: Richard Nicol by Gail Grinnell
Bower detail. photo: Richard Nicol
acrylic, ink, coffee, pins, spun polyester
2010
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

In the simplest terms everything I do is a drawing. For my most recent installations I’ve isolated the forms of an elaborately constructed garment and drawn them different ways  - changing the scale and the medium. These contour line drawings embody individual ruffles from a deconstructed garment as well as thread, bones and other natural forms. The lines are drawn in ink on translucent pattern making material (as a tailor would use) and then cut to shape.

I have used working methods that I associate with the movements and materials that are used to do laundry or make garments – all of this grounded in familial memory. The touch of my mother's hand on my torso, as she measured fabric and the unique dimensions of my body, indelibly marked the way I think about the human form and intimacy.



Artist Bio / CV

Gail Grinnell is a Seattle based visual artist. She graduated with a BFA in painting from the University of Washington in 1988. Grinnell is currently represented by the Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA. From 1993 to 2012 her work was represented by the Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle  and by the Lorinda Knight Gallery in Spokane from 2000 to 2008.  Most recently she created installations for the Suyama Space in Seattle 2012, the Anchor Art Space in Anacortes 2010 and the Bellevue Art Museum 2009. She participated in awarded residencies at the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain, 2007; the Ballinglen Arts Foundation on Ballycastle, Ireland, 2008 and again in 2010 with a two month fellowship; and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, 2010.  In 1998, 2008 and 2012, Grinnell was awarded an Artist Trust “GAP Grant”. (Seattle)  Additionally in 2012 she was awarded an “Artist Support Grant” from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and an “Individual Artist Projects Grant” from 4Culture, King County, WA.

She will be creating a site-specific installation at the Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho . June 28,  - November 29, 2014.