Griffin Nordstrom

Monongalia County

Sculpture

in progress B.F.A. Sculpture (West Virginia University)

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About Griffin Nordstrom

My artwork focuses on the ideas of legacy and contrast. I like to consider what we as individuals leave behind, whether in the form of waste and a carbon footprint, or the things we treasure and want to be remembered in. When thinking about materials and imagery, I like to provide high contrasts and a dialogue between what is being constructed and what its raw material is. These ideas combine in my current focus of creating work out of recycled plastic shopping bags and similar waste. I use a layered version of the material as a fabric which I use to create quilts, bags, stretched canvases, etc. I use it to offer a discussion between the precious and carefully crafted folk art quilts designed to take care of future generations and the single use waste of a plastic bag that will outlast the user and cause harm with toxins and microplastics.

Biography

I grew up in northern West Virginia where I was exposed to the visual arts, both traditional and folk, by grandparents on both sides of the family. In high school I participated in public arts projects and youth advancement programs, working on clay murals that were displayed at Dorsey Knob, and the school I attended, University High. I graduated in the spring of 2022 from West Virginia University with dual majors in Sculpture and Art History and minors in Printmaking and Engineering in Society. At WVU my work focused on the forms of reliquaries and the usage of recycled plastic bags to make textile products, such as quilts, garments, and consumer goods. I also participated in the WVU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, where I conducted creative research exploring West Virginian history and contemporary art movements in the form of sculpture. My art history research focused on pre-columbian erotic ceramics, Spanish art influenced by the Inquisition, and contemporary internet-based art movements/trends. My work is inspired by the issues of globalization and legacy, which I like to play with in high contrast pieces, whether through the art medium or image references. I especially like to work with the styles of Keith Haring, Andean art, religious art of the Middle Ages, and Ukiyo-e. My work has been shown at the West Virginia Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Arts Council, and several locations in Morgantown and Pittsburgh, including an independent exhibition ‘Plastic Fantastic’ that was on show in April 2022.

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Other Creative Skills

Textile
Interdisciplinary (Pertaining to art forms/art works that integrate more than one arts discipline to form a single work. Include performance art.)

Griffin Nordstrom's Work

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