Elizabeth Griffin. Earlier Strata, 1986
Elizabeth Griffin. Earlier Strata (detail), 1986
beads, cotton, linen, sisal, synthetic fabric, telephone wire
appliqued, beaded, woven
mixed media, tapestry
Donor/funder gift credit:
Acquired with the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Fundraising Committee, 1987-1988
Earlier Strata is based on a concept which evolved from a study of the demolition of older buildings in Elizabeth Griffin's neighbourhood. It deposits both the layered growth of a building and the...
Earlier Strata is based on a concept which evolved from a study of the demolition of older buildings in Elizabeth Griffin's neighbourhood. It deposits both the layered growth of a building and the abruptness with which those layers can be peeled away by the wreckers ball. The work is intended to convey qualities of time and transformation- one phase in an ongoing process. Elizabeth is intrigued with the hidden images which emerge and the odd juxtaposition of details such as the windows in the sky, staircases leading into space, the evocation of other memories. It is as if the building has revealed human content on view level by level through archaeological excavation. Sharon Boyd, 1994.
Elizabeth Griffin was born in Toronto, Ontario. In 1974, she graduated from Sheridan College, School of Crafts and Design, majoring in fabric. In 1976, she continued her studies in tapestry weaving...