Travel plays a large role in my life and, over the years, I have visited close to 100 countries. I am particularly drawn to countries of the third world and love seeking out and visiting with local artists. I have always been fascinated with their weavings and paintings and the textures and patterns they create using various tools and materials.
Several years ago I attended a workshop at R&F given by Cat Crotchet. Cat had just returned from Indonesia where she “spent time with local artists and incorporated the use of their traditional batik tools into her paintings”. Her workshop inspired my interest in this process, and I have subsequently used this technique in various ways in many of my own paintings.
My travels expose me to many ideas and thoughts which percolate in my head and eventually find their way into my work. In this series, I have incorporated printing with Indonesian tjaps (more commonly used in batik printing) combined with encaustic medium and color pigments to produce each one of a kind painting. This is one way of keeping my wonderful memories of these beautiful countries and interesting people alive.
Jeanne Griffin earned her BFA from Tufts University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and a founding member of New England Wax.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including a prestigious Boit Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Thames & Hudson Book Award from the Berman Museum of Art in Collegetown, PA.
Her works have been exhibited locally and nationally in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. including the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the Saco Art Museum in Saco, ME, the Longmont Museum in Longmont, Colorado, The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA and the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, Arizona. She is also represented in several publications including “Collage in All Dimensions”, by Gretchen Bierbaum and Petrina Gardner.
Before relocating to Maine, Jeanne was a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston for twenty years and served as its Co-Director for two of those years.