About the Artist:
Laureen Griffin’s most recent work combines photography with print-art to create installations and settings that provoke a sense of both nostalgia and longing. Griffin’s artistic endeavors also include works of art and videos created as community projects, works on paper, sculpture, digitally manipulated photography and video.
In her words: “My work is a series of architectural settings from times that never were but should have been, vignettes of parlors and other living spaces from eras gone by. Symbolic visual language and social coding dominate fantastical yet provocative theatrical environments to inspire dialogue about female representation and self awareness. As I observe and listen to people’s reactions to my work, ranging from perceptions of solidarity to alienation, I come to find how we are conditioned to associate material display in our homes and on our person with a sense of belonging.”
Dogbotz Boneyard recommends the color photography of Laureen Griffin’s “Gender Portraiture Project” because it confronts society’s displacement of female identity. To discover how dominant societal expectations rule the concept of gender, the photographer’s goal in this project has been to collect a critical mass of portraits that reflect gender variations and to show how birth, class, family, country of origin ancestry, personal taste, body type, age and whatever other qualifiers are placed on us affect us. “Gender variation” does not necessarily mean trans, but it can also be one’s interpretation of what is feminine or masculine. To think about times when we were awarded or punished in relation to our “appropriate” gender-like behaviors or looks. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present Portrait of Nayyirah, one of Laureen Griffin’s studies from her “Gender Portraiture Project.”