Masks and Mobiles on display at Redwood Curtain Theatre
Redwood Curtain Gallery will host the art of MJ Griffin during the months of October and November. A maker of objects, Griffin crafts masks, blindfolds, horn headbands, jewelry, dream catchers and mobiles. As with any artist, her work evolves stylistically over time, but she also changes the focus of what she is making depending on the season, and what is happening in her life. Significantly inspired by nature, one can see the natural world’s patterns, colors and asymmetry stand out in Griffin’s work.
Since her childhood, the artist has been a collector of found objects that she would assemble into art pieces. Though she laid her artistic side away for many years as a young adult, she returned to these roots more than 7 years ago. At that time she created a collection of masks. “I was curious to examine the masks that we as humans wear in order to go through and function in our lives” says Griffin. The masks range from playful and elfin to dark and intense. Citing movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, one can see the influence of the other world creatures in the carefully assembled masks.
More recently Griffin has turned to mobiles as an expression of her artistic identity. She continues to collect found objects – typically items found in nature, including leaves, rocks, feathers & sticks. According to Griffin, “the objects speak to me and ask to be seen.” The mobiles she creates as a result are carefully knit together, creating intentional energy in their relationship to the other objects in the mobile, and forcing the viewer to see the collected articles in new and different ways. “The finished pieces are organically manifested,” explains Griffin, “but also highly intentional in their assembly and finished result; I endeavor to imbue vibrations of love, peace and harmony into each piece I create.”
The artwork will be on display in the gallery at Redwood Curtain Theatre for the months of October and November, and through the theatrical production of The Taming of the Shrew(s). The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, MJ Griffin’s art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.