Far more than a simple collection of self-portraits, this exhibit speaks to the viewer from an intriguingly unexpected perspective. In these graphite drawings, artist Barbara Griffiths' face appears at first comically distorted, as reflected by her coffee pot, her bottle opener, and her cheese grater - until gradually the portraits morph into a head-on confrontation with aging and death. The series has accompanying texts which explore the extent to which our sense of self is an illusion. “How My Kitchen Sees Me” will be on view in the Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery from September 7th – October 9th, with a reception on Saturday, September 10 from 3 - 5 pm.
Barbara Griffiths is a British artist who graduated from the Slade School in London to an acclaimed West End exhibition. She has lived in New Canaan since 1995, and is best known for her large satirical paintings about New Canaan, and her controversial Bible illustrations, now serialized on the back of The Skeptic magazine, U.K. Ms. Griffiths has exhibited at The Silvermine Arts Guild, Katonah Museum, Long Island Museum, and the Fairfield Art Center.
“How My Kitchen Sees Me” is sponsored by the Art Committee of the Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators for this show are Arianne Kolb and Susie Salomon.