New York

Melora Griffis

Authentic expression is the consistent through line in my work, and I hope for a connection as a result that will act as a prism, inspiring invigorated interpretations. I make clusters of paintings, drawings, and objects, in series like spokes of a wheel with a shared center. My voice weaves through narratives that conjure contrariety. I layer marks with an array of mediums on varying surfaces developing a poetic stance. Chaos becomes the main event as form is established and destroyed in a process of transformation, where the delicate and rugged coexist. An inherent intuitive occupancy of an interior psychological world, I trust, has gravity as the personal parallels public import. Imperfect surfaces, including paint, embroidery, uneven stitching, and surprising odd elements conjure associations, revealing a physical methodology.

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Biography

Authentic expression is the consistent through line in my work, and I hope for a connection as a result that will act as a prism, inspiring invigorated interpretations. I make clusters of paintings, drawings, and objects, in series like spokes of a wheel with a shared center. My voice weaves through narratives that conjure contrariety. I layer marks with an array of mediums on varying surfaces developing a poetic stance. Chaos becomes the main event as form is established and destroyed in a process of transformation, where the delicate and rugged coexist. An inherent intuitive occupancy of an interior psychological world, I trust, has gravity as the personal parallels public import. Imperfect surfaces, including paint, embroidery, uneven stitching, and surprising odd elements conjure associations, revealing a physical methodology.

A multimedia approach allows for a thorough interrogation and an open ended, all inclusive, perspective on a subject. In a circular system, themes are developed over time. Recently, oil painting studies on canvas of conch bodies wind toward a protected center— hard and heavy with delicate fragile edges— exquisite pinks glisten at the shells opening. A collection of found trays made of wood and metal, “serve” as a surface for paintings that address the notion of roles played and carried out, and the hard tools or props linked to a particular position. I use found materials that might act as a signifying flag tucked into a work. Carefully curated fragments migrate from abandoned material to a central focus or a repurposed ground— location and boundary are currents of concern.

Public and private drama permeates in subtle and monumental ways as the course of a life unfurls. Imagery gravitates toward the dramatic as experience in, and exposure to, the performing arts infuses a desire to depict scenes that arise from behind closed doors, or below the surface. Of late, I establish a canvas by tilling the ground, so to speak, with a needle and thread on muslin. Once a topographical collaged mixed media surface is conceived I move into the refinement with wet mediums bringing the painting to life. Figurative elements are combined with the allegorical, creating a visionary setting where abstract ideas— memory, desire, and the mystical are present. I use color to describe an experience. As projects are pursued simultaneously, a dialogue begins to sound that communicates a cumulative magnifying emotional landscape.

Artworks

Brides in Peril, 2007 - 2019

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary American Art / Emotion / Figurative Painting / Found Objects / Human Figure / Lyrical Expression / Mixed Media on Paper / Multidisciplinary Approach / Painting / Portrait Painting / Transformation / United States / Women Artists / Works on Paper

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2015

    MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    behind closed doors, 571 Projects, Stowe, VT

  • anywhere, far away, 571 Projects, Stowe, VT

  • Pink Swords, The Re Institute, Millerton, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2017

    #friendswithboats, Sara Nightengale Gallery, Sag Harbour, NY

  • 2016

    Portraits, Ille Arts, Anagansett, NY

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Education

  • 2015

    MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    behind closed doors, 571 Projects, Stowe, VT

  • anywhere, far away, 571 Projects, Stowe, VT

  • Pink Swords, The Re Institute, Millerton, NY

  • 2017

    beyond all walking, 571 Projects, Stowe, VT

  • 2011

    wings and murmurs, 571 projects, New York

  • 2008

    things that last forever, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • 2007

    Saints and Maidens, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • 2006

    Collapse, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • 2005

    The Babies, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • 2002

    People, The Boylan Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

  • Legends, Blue Heron Arts Center, NYC

  • 2001

    Portraits, AE Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2017

    #friendswithboats, Sara Nightengale Gallery, Sag Harbour, NY

  • 2016

    Portraits, Ille Arts, Anagansett, NY

  • Spaced, Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York

  • 2015

    Bowery Gallery Competition 2015, Curated by Steven Westfall, New York

  • 2013

    Immerse Yourself, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

  • In Memoriam, Neoteric Fine Art, Amagansett, NY

  • The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

  • 2012

    Holiday Salon Exhibition, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

  • Pillow Talk, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

  • Love and Heartbreak, Piermont Straus, Piermont, NY

  • 2011

    Water, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC

  • Small Works, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY / 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011

  • On the Waterfront; Visions of Redhook, The Waterfront Museum, Bklyn, NY

  • 2010

    Recent Work, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amgansett, NY

  • 2009

    Collection Of, White Columns, NYC

  • Portrait and Presence, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • Artist Secret Society, Christys Art Center, Sag Harbor, NY

  • Watching the Water, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • Art and Desire, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • Spring 09, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY

  • 2008

    The Beast In Me, Bowman / Bloom Gallery, NYC

  • The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

  • 2007

    High Above the High Line, Gotham Art, NYC

  • 2005

    Every Day is Different, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NYC

  • Anderson Ranch Art Auction, Aspen, Colorado

  • 2004

    Flowers, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY

  • 2003

    Pulp, Curated by NURTUREart non-profit, inc. NYC

  • 2002

    Go Figure, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY

  • Works on Paper, Whitney Art works, Greenport, NY

Collections

  • Kirkland and Ellis Collection, Citicorp, NYC, liftingthesky.com

Bibliography

  • McClemont, Doug, review- 571 Projects, Art News, February, 2012 (photo)

  • Sasiadek, Tara, "A Dialogue with Echo: Artist Melora Griffis", buffalorising.com, June 2011 (photo)

  • Long, Robert, "Dark Paintings"East Hampton Star, May, 2006 (photo)

  • Long, Robert, "Royal Infants" East Hampton Star, April, 2005 (photo)

  • Long, Robert, "New on Sag Harbors Art Scene"East Hampton Star, September 2001

  • Yablonsky, Linda "Portraits" essay for catalog, September, 2001