Mary Griffiths’s evocative, large-scale drawings are formed of thousands of fine lines inscribed into surfaces layered with graphite. Each line is scratched into the work’s surface with a small hand-held tool, taking a long time to complete. The mirrored effect created by Griffiths’s many layers of graphite, and the fine lines inscribed into them, recalls a different, outdated, mode of artistic production: the tarnished silver of a daguerreotype.
Griffiths is interested in the relationship between a two dimensional drawing and three dimensional space, and the ways in which a drawing might be seen as an object. These particular drawings contain depth and movement: when approached by the viewer their fine lines dance and shift and animate the otherwise static surface of the works.
- Artwork Details: 18.9 x 52.1 x 2cm
18.7 x 52.1 x 2cm
- Material description: Inscribed graphite on gesso board
- Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
- Theme: Abstract
- Medium: Drawing
- Accession number: ACC25/2014