Born in Munich, Germany Rosi Griffin is a Melbourne and Gold Coast based contemporary visual artist.
Her practice includes photography, video, drawing, painting and installation. Griffin holds a Bachelor Degree of Visual Arts from Monash University, Melbourne and has been a full-time artist since 2000. She has held numerous Solo and Group exhibitions and her work has been shortlisted for various Art Awards.
A principal theme of her work is based on architecture with a strong emphasis on the residential home.
Griffin’s creative process starts with a series of photographs, drawings and collages relating to a variety of architectural dwellings. She is interested in the ongoing discussion around property development and affordability and questions our ideals of the urban landscape and asks the viewer to excavate what is underneath the surface.
2011 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne
2019 Latrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne
2001-3 Atelier Project, Munich, Germany
2022 Modern Beloved, Tweed regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW
2019 Best Before, Gallery DownTown, Annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW
2017 Fractured Dwellings, St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford, Melbourne
2011 Final Hours, Runt Space, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2010 Mapping the Invisible, Jackman Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne
2008 Edge of Reality, Jackman Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne
2006 Paths, Yering Station Gallery, Yarra Glen
2004 Pause, Yering Station Gallery, Yarra Glen
2003 The Never Never Schlossgut, Oberambach, Starnberg, Germany
2002 Galerie Meiwald, Munich, Germany
2001 orange room 17, Munich, Germany
2000 Reflections on Mailing, Reflections Gallery, Canterbury, Melbourne
2023 Lost In Palm Springs – National touring exhibition curated by Dr Greer Honeywill – Launched at HOTA, Qld. March 11, 2023
2020 Border Art Prize, Online, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW
2020 Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, QLD
2019 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, VIC
2018 SPLASH, McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Awards, McClelland Art Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC
2018 BAM Art Prize, Thomgallery, Byron Bay, NSW
2018 Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QLD
2018 Black Dog, Blue Butterflies, Pine Rivers Gallery, Morton Bay QLD
2017 SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, QLD
2017 Finalist in 30x30cm, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby, NSW
2016 Art Swap, Townhall Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
2016 She, Walker St. Gallery, Dandenong Art Centre, Dandenong
2011 PRE-FAB, Curator M. Nowak Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn, Melbourne
2010 Toorak Village Sculpture Show, Toorak, Melbourne
2008 On the Bowery, Alliance Francaise, St. Kilda, Melbourne
2007 The Box, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
2006 She Who Belongs, Walker St. Gallery Dandenong Art Centre, Dandenong
2006 Bundoora Homestead Art Gallery, Bundoora, Melbourne
2005 It takes a long time, LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Offene Werkstatt, Mohr Villa, Freimann, Munich
2001- 4 Galerie Meiwald, Munich
1999 Meat Market, Melbourne
In my art practice I’m mainly interested in the disintegration and loss of the domestic space, the home as a fragile structure. Not only is the possibility of ownership becoming more remote for emerging generations but for those that have a home, the domestic space is now set in the context of surrounding development and unattainable images of perfection. The domestic space is being threatened on many levels as materialistic impulses cloud out communal and familial impulses. This applies in both cities I live in – Melbourne and the Gold Coast. The stability and viability of that space is being torn, dislocated and shredded. The new and the ideal as dictated by fake images of domestic perfection.
My works operate less as love letters to ruins but instead ask to consider what is underneath the surface, or how we got here in the first place.
The notable absence of the human form in most of my work is highly potent, as the absence makes the impression of loss felt even more strongly. Houses are not just places of shelter; they are also an extension of the self in that they come to embody memories and carry the traces of the inhabitants.
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