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.