Griffioen loves working by herself, creating a true expression of her inner world without any distraction. Her drawing is a solitary pursuit. Her work is supported by images that captured her eye. Photos give her a baseline to work with. She builds her work by starting to sketch; her charcoal drawings come to life… Read More
Griffioen loves working by herself, creating a true expression of her inner world without any distraction. Her drawing is a solitary pursuit. Her work is supported by images that captured her eye. Photos give her a baseline to work with. She builds her work by starting to sketch; her charcoal drawings come to life while holding an image in her hand, guiding her in the process.
Griffioen finds inspiration in museums and art fairs and collects every little thing that prompts her interest; in the past mostly human figures, but lately she also finds inspiration in nature-related images. People, mainly female figures, have always been important in her work. Griffioen is always searching for someone who looks very different from her own persona to represent herself or her state of mind in the work. The nature of the materials and techniques she uses in her drawings unveil the people and their feelings: they cannot hide on paper. Mostly she captures people from the back or their faces are hidden, but despite that, the true nature of the person becomes bare. This makes the images very true and real.
In Griffioen’s drawings there has always been a connection with fashion through the clothing and the models' faces and bodies. She likes the way fashion and art intertwine. At a certain moment Griffioen decided it was best to make the fashion part less visible in order to become more accepted in the art world but that resulted in a complete opposite effect: fashion became increasingly more important in the work. In 2010, she again noticed a shift in her work brought on by her collaboration with fashion photographer Anne Marieke van Drimmelen, a highlight in Griffioen’s career. Her drawings became more abstract and layered, which felt like a newly found freedom. Ever since then art and fashion play an equally big part in Griffioen’s work. Not only are her drawings displayed at art exhibitions, she also finds time to contribute to fashion-related events, magazines and illustrations. She writes both for a fashion blog and an art blog and by doing all this, giving her the best of both worlds. Read Less
Other 2002 – 2005 Art/Photography teacher Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam (NL) Reporter Trendbeheer (www.trendbeheer.com) Blogger Glamcult (www.glamcult.com) 2012 The Drawing Center viewing programme NYC
Collectors KERS Collection
Solo Exhibitions 2012 Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam (NL) 2012 Black&White Ball, PICTURA Dordrecht (NL) 2012 Collectie Imaginaire BuroRotterdam (NL) 2011 Majke Husstege Gallery Den Bosch(NL) 2011 Arnhem Mode Biennale (NL) 2010 ‘Sophie Project’ Magazijn 153 Amsterdam (NL) 2008 Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)
Group Exhibitions 2013 Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht (NL) 2013 Gorincums Museum (NL) 2012 Asbury Parc NYC (USA) 2012 SALON/ISTANBUL (TU) 2012 Figuurlijk, Museum Hilversum (NL) 2012 SALON/1 Amsterdam (NL) 2012 KERS Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 2012 Re:Rotterdam (NL) 2012 Multisolo, Brussel (BE) 2011 Multisolo Tetem Ensched(NL) 2011 Haunted House Leiden (NL) 2011 Salon/2 Amsterdam (NL) 2011 SHE-ME Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (NL) 2011 ART Amsterdam, Majke Husstege Gallery (NL) 2011 Winter Salon Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Muze Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (NL) 2010 Popjugend Majke Husstege Gallery, Den Bosch (NL) 2010 PAN Amsterdam, Majke Husstege Gallery (NL) 2010 Portrets Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem (NL) 2009 JONG 2009 Historic museum, Rotterdam (NL) 2009 Majke Husstege Gallery, Den Bosch (NL) 2009 IDG #5 Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam (NL) 2008 Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam (NL) 2007 Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem (NL) 2005 Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam (NL) 2005 ART Rotterdam, Ron Mandos Gallery (NL) 2004 TENT Rotterdam (NL) 2004 CUCOSA Rotterdam (NL) 2003 DASCART Antwerpen (BE) 2002 Las Palmas Rotterdam (NL)