Michele Griffiths first started making what she calls “Wall Fragments” in response to the time-worn walls of villages she saw during her regular visits to Greek islands. Looking closely, she found them just as interesting visually as the more obvious beauty all around. Michele creates textured surfaces which, she repeatedly scores and scuffs, draws and paints on, then overpaints; thus replicating the random marks made on the real walls and their annual whitewashing.
Michele uses plaster which she works on while it is still settling. In the artist words, this technic "keeps me very alert, in a state I can best describe as “painting mindfulness”. "The methods entailed, which I am constantly inventing and developing, make me feel fully alive in an exciting, physical way and they allow me to say more. Though possibly less accessible than the ‘seascapes’, they are truly mine. I am finally following the advice of my tutor at Wimbledon, Prunella Clough, to “be less polite”."
She has recently completed a large commission of 12 large oil on canvas paintings for the restaurant on the top deck of P&O’s new cruise liner, Britannia.
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