Jeri Griffith now lives and works in Brattleboro, Vermont, after stints in Boston and Austin, Texas, but her childhood was spent in Wisconsin. These disparate places each feel like separate countries to her, with landscapes, seasons, and ways of being that influence both her art and her identity. Jeri creates images on canvas and on paper that represent her worldview and her sense of the spiritual. Painting is her greatest love, but drawing is a specialty. She also uses her imagery to create videos. For inspiration, she draws on her training in life drawing as well as her love for ancient and indigenous art. She has traveled extensively, especially in Central and South America. Jeri’s work has been seen in shows nationally. Her work also appears on the book covers for the internationally known Chinese avant-garde writer Can Xue. Jeri is a published writer and an amateur musician who loves improvising at the piano.
Recent painting projects:
- Relationships—40 (9″ x 13″) acrylic on canvas paintings, 22 completed, continuing (see Artist’s Welcome page for several examples of this series)
- Fifty Paintings (30″ x 30″)
- Offerings, Blessings, and Prophecies—10 (30″ x 40″) paintings that explore transformation
- Regions of Identity—12 (3′ x 5′) paintings about the various aspects of a person’s spiritual odyssey
Recent video projects:
- Global Warming (4:40)—Introduction to a series of paintings around the theme of global warming and our natural environment
- My Grandmother’s Harmonica (4:31)—A film about a harmonica given to Jeri by her grandmother in the context of her family’s hard life in Northern Wisconsin as German immigrants
- About Time (5:01)—Jeri’s meditation on time and weaving focused on a weaving completed in 1978 at Scattergood School when she was a young teacher
- Jeri Griffith: Paintings 1975–1978 (4:41)—a short video in which Jeri talks about her early watercolor paintings from the 1970s, their emotional origins and why she could no longer continue to paint them.