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Linda Griggs
updated: 06/14/2011
website: lindagriggs.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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 1 of 5 When John's friend, Mark, was dying Bill promised to scatter his ashes in London, Mark's favorite city....continued in next title
2 of 5 Years later John asked Bill how the scattering had gone. Bill said he hadn't done it yet.....cont. in next title
3 of 5 Why not?, John asked. You go to London several times a year. ...cont. in next title
4 of 5   I know, John said. ...continued in next title
5 of 5  I just keep forgetting to pack him.
Get Up & Go
Permanent Vacation
Hard Case
Urine Mourning (Kotis - Serrano Homage)
Urine Mourning
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, historical, humor, figurative, narrative, text, dreams, surreal
 
 
 1 of 5 When John's friend, Mark, was dying Bill promised to scatter his ashes in London, Mark's favorite city....continued in next title   by Linda Griggs
1 of 5 When John's friend, Mark, was dying Bill promised to scatter his ashes in London, Mark's favorite city....continued in next title
home made black walnut ink on BFK Rives
2010
17 17 1/4 " x  8 8 " 
2 of 5 Years later John asked Bill how the scattering had gone. Bill said he hadn't done it yet.....cont. in next title   by Linda Griggs
2 of 5 Years later John asked Bill how the scattering had gone. Bill said he hadn't done it yet.....cont. in next title
home made black walnut ink on BFK Rives
2010
22 1/2 " x  20 3/8 " 
3 of 5 Why not?, John asked. You go to London several times a year. ...cont. in next title by Linda Griggs
3 of 5 Why not?, John asked. You go to London several times a year. ...cont. in next title
home made black walnut ink on BFK Rives
2010
26 " x  20 " 
4 of 5   I know, John said. ...continued in next title by Linda Griggs
4 of 5 I know, John said. ...continued in next title
home made black walnut ink on BFK Rives
2010
25 3/4 " x  19 7/8 " 
5 of 5  I just keep forgetting to pack him. by Linda Griggs
5 of 5  I just keep forgetting to pack him.
home made black walnut ink on BFK Rives
2010
19 19 7/8 " x  12 12 5/8 " 
Get Up & Go by Linda Griggs
Get Up & Go
black walnut ink on rives bfk
2010
14 " x  9 " 
Permanent Vacation  by Linda Griggs
Permanent Vacation
black walnut ink and colored pencil on BFK Rives
2010
14" x  11" 
Hard Case by Linda Griggs
Hard Case
black walnut ink on rives bfk
2010
26" x  18" 
Urine Mourning (Kotis - Serrano Homage) by Linda Griggs
Urine Mourning (Kotis - Serrano Homage)
black walnut ink on rives bfk
2011
12" x  9" 
Urine Mourning  by Linda Griggs
Urine Mourning
Black Walnut Ink on Rives BFK
2011
12" x  10" 

Artist Statement

 

This series, What To Do With the Body is based on stories I've collected about the contentious, heartbreaking and ridiculous problems that arise when remains must be honored.  

 

Western, classical narrative art is based on known stories -- Greco-Roman or Judeo-Christian myths, historical incidents, etc. -- and explanatory text is not necessary.   My narrative drawings, however, tell the unknown stories of everyday people making the text essential.  It in the title or in the drawings themselves. 

 

In jpgs 1 to 5 the story is in the lengthy title.  In timage, the rollaboard develops an increasingly wistful expression as he visits London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries.

 

In Hard Case, a powder puff appears beside Ernie's ashes.  The story reads: I was visiting my friend Babette, I mentioned that I needed a cosmetics case.  She said,"Oh I have one I can give you.  It was my mother's."  I waited for her to go and get itbut the conversation drifted and I didn't want to press.  Her mother was expiring in a home for the aged.

 

When we caught up the following year she told me that her mother's boyfriend, Ernie, had passed away. Ernie had been estranged from his children so Babette had had to take care of the cremation. She was given the ashes. 

Babette offered to find a nice container and bring them to her mother's room at the nursing home.  Her mother didn't want them. 

She said it was too depressing.  Babette called his children again but they said they didn't care what she did with him.  So she  kept them.

Then one day a friend of Babette's called to see if they could meet.  She was flying to New York for one day to fulfill her Uncle's final request that his remains be scattered in the Hudson River. 

Babette said, "Oh, can I come too! I've had some ashes in my mother's cosmetics case in the attic for over a year."

 

I make my own black walnut ink using the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators recipe. 


Artist Bio / CV

Linda Griggs has exhibited work at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Vox Populi/American Fine Arts, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, the Wustum Museum, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, the Leubsdorf Gallery - Hunter College, Cuchifritos, the NY Public Library, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Albany International Airport Gallery, the Matzo files, Bullet Space, Gahlberg Gallery - College of Du Page and at galleries in PA,  TN, OH, VA, CT and NM.

 

Her 1994 Solo Exhibition at Carolyn J. Roy Gallery was reviewed favorably in Cover Magazine by Jeanne C. Wilkinson and listed in the New York Times.  Catalog, Therese Lichtenstein.

 

She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell and Millay Colonies for the Arts, the AAI Rotating Studio Program and grants from Change, Inc and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  

 

Her work is included in public and private collections including JP Morgan Chase, Peter Klein/Obac Corporation,  Ann Partlow/Earthrise Capital,  Sheila Curran Bernhard,  Jack Youngerman,  David Harris, Eileen Schwab and Therese Lictenstein 

 

She has a Masters in Fine Art from Hunter College and a Bachelors from Virginia Commonwealth University