Nashville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installation
Virginia Griswold is an artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She received an MFA in Sculpture/ Glass from Alfred University, Alfred, NY in 2011 and a BFA in Glass/ Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2004. She has also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Penland School of Crafts. In 2009, she received a Brooklyn Arts Council Re-Grant to fund the project: What it is, What it will be: Objects Found and Altered in Brooklyn, as well as, a fellowship in Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2011 she was awarded a residency fellowship from Alfred University to study at the the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris for the spring of 2012. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Gullkistan residency in Laugarvatn, Iceland. Her solo exhibition Near Earth Objects opened at Austin Peay State University in October of 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D Foundations at Austin Peay State University.
My work incorporates and appropriates objects and artifacts. I remain attentive to the gap between the previous existence of an object or material versus how it exists presently, even posing the question of what it could become. Sometimes objects act as a stand-in for my body.
My practice presents itself as a series of cyclical conflicts; a push/pull between certainty and ambiguity - making and un-making – movement and stasis. In the studio I find myself questioning the relationships between interior and exterior, the relativity of inside and out.