Roberta Griffith

I received my BFA in 1960, at Chouinard Art Institute, and my MFA in 1962, at SIU-Carbondale, I am an art educator, and practicing artist, exhibiting ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, hot glass, and mixed-media installation art nationally and internationally in 34 solo shows and 250 invitational and juried shows. My artwork is included in major museums, public and private collections in Spain, Mexico, Italy, England, Sweden, Japan and the USA. I am the North American correspondent for Cerámica Magazine, Madrid, Spain. I have made art for over six decades. I draw, paint and work with clay by hand and on the potter’s wheel. I like to combine materials into mixed-media installations to tell stories. I make 2-D art, 3-D art and installations as vehicles for exploring deeper levels of meaning that the viewer may approach from his or her perspective, level and understanding. I often combine collage and mixed media in my 2-D art to create images. I use drawing and decals on 3-D objects. The ceramic process lends itself to multiples and variations on a form. I like to develop ceramic objects, sculptures and mixed-media installations to present my vision. Overall, I am interested in evoking associations of places and their cultural manifestations that I have come across through research, archaeology and world travel, as well as allude to human foibles, human mortality, the cyclical nature of life and death, and universal shortcomings, natural and man-made.