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Aesthetics of Architecture: Art by Margaret Griffith

A photograph of an installation by Margaret GriffithCommonwealth, handcut paper (installation view at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

Margaret Griffith is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Griffith draws on the aesthetics of architecture, using elements like wrought-iron and chain-link fencing to build up new and different sculptural forms.


A sculpture made from twisted copper cut into curling shapesDerby, copper


Griffith creates sculptures, as well as drawings and public works. I’m quite taken by her sculptural installations that are placed to hang from the ceiling of galleries – though the individual forms appear to be appropriated from wrought-iron fence designs, when layered together they take on an organic look that is almost disconcerting, like giant expansive spider’s webs, or the nest of alien creature.


These forms are echoed beautifully in Griffith’s drawings, in which intricate, curling structures are rendered in two-dimensions on paper, reinforcing the notion of taking a real form and making it abstract. I like the artist’s use of negative space in these works – especially given the non-solid nature of the architectural elements. The clean, white paper becomes as much a part of the work as the drawing itself. 


A "drawing" made from hand cut foil on paperUntitled, handcut foil on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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