In the exhibition space:
Miriam Griffin: Vermin
In our sales gallery:
Works from our sales gallery artists
In Vermin, Miriam treats oft-maligned creatures with sensitivity and tenderness. Bats and snakes, and even swarming flies – creatures for whom the artist herself can offer few words of praise – are carved lovingly into porcelain and painted painstakingly in gold. Bats feature most prominently in the exhibition. Their ghoulish features are rendered faithfully in part, yet are just as often simplified, exaggerated, and embellished decadently. The resulting portraits magnify the creatures' aura of supernatural mystery, and present them in light of a new mythology. Vermin also shows a strong affinity for leopard print, a material which inherently begs questions of identity and representation, nature, power, colonialism, gender, class, and sexuality – subtle yet important themes that run through the body of work as a whole.
Miriam Griffin grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and attended school at Bard College at Simon's Rock (MA), and at The University of Montana in Missoula. She graduated from UM in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. Her August exhibition Vermin marks the end of three years at The Clay Studio of Missoula: first as a University of Montana summer resident in 2013, then as an intern, and finally as a long-term resident from 2014 to 2016.
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September: Animal. Vegetable. Mineral.
October: Recent Works from the Permanent Collection
November: Community Exhibit
December: Holiday Sale & Exhibition
These events are supported in part by the Montana Arts Council, a state agency funded by the State of Montana and the National Endowment for the Arts