Sylvia Griffin’s work explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and trauma, examining the universal notions of memory and collective grief from a personal perspective. Her research considers artistic alternatives to the role that monuments and memorials have traditionally played in expressing grief and mourning, believing that ephemeral and alternative forms of art can aid in imparting meaningful remembrance and solace.
Sylvia Griffin’s studio work is materially diverse, often incorporating indexical notions of absence and the leaving of traces. This materiality often involves those traditionally employed in memorial culture – such as metal and stone – and other forms including textiles and more fugitive examples such as hair, fire, wax and light. The relevance of time, memory and ritual are important aspects in this work. In her more recent work, the leaving of traces in the form of inscribed, written, or documented remembrance is explored. For example, she examines the impact of a name; the significance of the gathering of names as a ritual of commemoration; and the power of the spoken name, seeking to engage the viewer in an open-ended dialogue with her art.
Sylvia Griffin lives and works in Sydney. She has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Sydney and interstate including the VAC Gallery, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre and Dominik Mersch Gallery. She has been a finalist in several major art awards and the winner of the 2013 Willoughby Sculpture Prize. She has been the recipient of the University of Sydney’s Zelda Stedman Award, several Postgraduate Research Support Scheme grants and currently holds an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
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