After graduating from The Cooper Union School of Art, Eve Griffin worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in magazine publishing and the fashion industry in New York City. A chance assignment as a photographer brought her to arctic Alaska in 1981 to document an archaeological project. For much of the next 20 years, she worked professionally as an archaeologist. Her archaeological acquaintance with Alaska’s Native cultures developed into a love for the aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast. Another chance assignment, this time to Tlingít master carver Wayne Price, led to her own artistic practice. Since 2002, Griffin has been developing the techniques and principles she learned from Wayne and other Tlingít mentors into her own forms of expression, combining them with the tenets of her earlier training in the Western tradition. Though the media and idioms she uses vary widely, underlying all her subject matter is a fascination with nature and a reverence for materials and technique. Much of her imagery reflects the animistic association to creation that is manifest in Northwest Coast aboriginal traditions, as well as contemporary abstract and minimalist trends. Many pieces allude to native mythology. Griffin had a solo exhibition at the Skagway Museum and Archives, Alaska, in 2008 and completed an artist’s residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010. Her works are in public collections in Skagway and in many far flung private collections. She lives in Skagway, in Tlingít homeland, which is situated at the northern terminus of Alaska’s saltwater Inside Passage near the Yukon Territory.
Artist’s website: http://www.EveGriffinArtWorker.com