ELIZA GRIFFITHS: AFFECTED: March 21 - April 14, 2013
Eliza Griffiths' new paintings and drawings continue to reveal her interest in psychology, neuroscience, neurosis, sexuality and gender, and the psychodynamics of everyday life on the individual and society. Examining ideas of emotional need, futility and action, these painted and drawn visual fictions draw inspiration from the work of Samuel Beckett, the mixture of social concern, heightened affect, and formalism in the cinematic melodramas of Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Also referenced is The New Yorker magazine's recognition of psychological (private) `healthcare' through their continual parade of cartoons of dogs, men and women on the psychiatrist's couch.
Griffith's paintings offer compressed dramas with multiple subtexts, intimations, and obliquely dealt confessionals that aim to open up questions of emotional need, social care and being (fucked up). Privileged are questions of female empowerment, agency and gender dynamics. Her drawings serve as notational, gestural, and visual thinking.
Eliza Griffiths was born in London, UK, and immigrated to Canada at the age of eight. She studied Studio Art at Concordia University and did graduate studies in Art History at Carleton University. Griffiths' work has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre (Buffalo); Mercer Union (Toronto); the Saidye Bronfman Center (Montreal); the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Platform Gallery (London, UK); the Art Gallery of Alberta; APEXart (NY,NY). Her work has been featured in Canadian Art Magazine; Border Crossings; C-Magazine; NYArts Magazine among others and has been extensively collected both privately and publicly including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Griffiths lives and works in Montreal where she is an Associate Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University.