B e t h   G r i f f i n



Beth Griffin was born in Laurens, South Carolina and has lived in New York City since 1985. She attended the University of South Carolina and the Ringling School of Art in Florida, and also studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Her work has appeared in many exhibitions, including solo shows at Cooper Union, the Margaret Bodell Gallery, and The Viewing Room. She gets around New York City on rollerblades or bicycle, and swims just about every day.

Artist's Statement

In the spring of 1999, I began extensive documentation of my dreams. The project consists of over 400 drawings that combine text with images. All drawings are 16" x 20," pencil on museum board, drawn in complete nighttime darkness. Every night I have a dream is a 473-page transcription of these scribbled records. The book is separated into monthly chapters and indexed by the dreams' topics and characters. Semiconscious, mumbled audio recordings accompany the drawings and book, further documenting the dream state. These visual and audio records of my dreams are the basis for my current paintings. The most powerful dream images are the subject matter of this series of 32" x 40" oil paintings. The final project, currently in progress, will consist of 20 to 25 paintings. Each canvas can be cross-referenced to specific drawings and correlating book pages, providing context for the painted image.

A little about the 3 dreams:

I'd completely forgotten, till this dream, but two of my grandparents were farmers. They went to a backwoods Baptist church. The church was poor, and way out in the country. Once I was there, when small, for a "Lord's supper" service (holy communion), and they actually did use saltine crackers, broken up by hand, and passed around in a plate. I'd completely forgotten this, in my conscious mind, until the dream.

"Electric Fan"
My dad often invented things. He had seven U.S. patents, so the dream keeps to his real-life character. The aunt does seem fairly coy, so I think I was just sensing some of her "extracurricular activities."

I painted this from the old swimsuit (my mom still had it). I remember, as a child, that pointy padding terrified me.


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2002 ASD Dream Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Conference for the Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

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