Growing up in South Carolina and Oklahoma where story telling is treasured my paintings naturally began to include text, much like Carrie Mae Weems, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, etc. Like so many artists and writers who deal intensely with place, living as a regional ex-pat made me aware the American rural character, the relaxed wit and wry humor. Each image includes a family story that broadens in its scope to depict class, race, death or gender politics. Some use art historical references. "Suddenly Last Birthday" uses "Las Meninas" to refer to the princess. Other puns are between the title, image and text. In "Fate Happens" the moons refer to the three Fates and the title to the expression, "S@%t happens". Moons are carved on outhouse doors. 'Mooning' is slang for showing your ass and "Peach" for girl. All of the stories are true. My Great Grandfather never did time for the murder.
Linda Griggs has exhibited work at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Vox Populi/American Fine Arts, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, the Wustum Museum, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, the Leubsdorf Gallery - Hunter College, Cuchifritos, the NY Public Library, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Albany International Airport Gallery, the Matzo files, Bullet Space, Gahlberg Gallery - College of Du Page and at galleries in PA, TN, OH, VA, CT and NM. Her 1994 Solo Exhibition at Carolyn J. Roy Gallery was reviewed favorably in Cover Magazine by Jeanne C. Wilkinson and listed in the New York Times. Catalog, Therese Lichtenstein.
She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell and Millay Colonies for the Arts, the AAI Rotating Studio Program and grants from Change, Inc and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
MFA Hunter College BFA Virginia Commonwealth University