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Meg Griffiths

Meg Griffiths was born in Indiana and raised in Texas. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has traveled nationally and internationally and can be found in various collections such as Center for Creative Photography, Capitol One Collection, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her book projects, both monographs as well as collaborative, have been acquired by various institutions around the country such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Duke University Libraries, Museum of Modern Art, University of Virginia, University of Iowa, Clemson, Maryland Institute College of Art, Ringling College of Art, and Washington and Lee University, to name a few. She currently lives in Denton, Texas where she is the Assistant Professor of Photography in the Division of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University.

Artist Statement

These two images are from a larger body of work entitled Somewhere within and without, they are my attempt to deconstruct the ways I engage with memory, perception and time. Harnessing light and material I carefully construct quiet still lives to subtly direct the gaze both inward and then out again.  The body of work reflects a culmination of curiosities, the expression of my interiority, a subjective perspective, and a more objective standpoint that the universe is simply mysterious and happening.  The images oscillate between these two ways of being and are expressed in two ways of seeing, trying to create a sense of simultaneity.  Each piece becomes a synthesis of my internal and external encounters. Everyday household objects are gathered and arranged, briefly grounding the self in the familiar and the domestic. In tandem, an alchemy occurs within the image, and materials become untethered from convention and association, creating space for new meanings within meanings.

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Release Date: June 24, 2022

This image is an extension and a remnant. It is about a languishing. A prolonging of the time that we think of as now. A deep sense of mourning. A feeling of longing.  It’s about the beauty that’s inherent. The potency of the living. The collective unforgiving. It reveals to me the delicacy and uncertainty of events that make up my one precious life, that make up many. Like a poem. This image is a moment. Distilled into crystalline form, elegantly fixed, completely fragile, ephemeral.

Extended Present, 2021