Mary Griffiths

Enough for Immortality

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Year 2020
Medium Inscribed graphite on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm
Nominated by Alfredo Camerotti

About the work

Many of my drawings take their geometry and tone from rooms that I have been in. Some for a few minutes and that I know only fleetingly, others that I have got to know every inch of over many years. The room in Enough for Immortality is the house where I was born, and where loved ones have died – a place of first and last breaths. Yet the drawing of the room takes it far beyond its four walls and biographical associations as its dimensions are abstracted and it enters cosmic space. The title comes from a poem by the astronomer Rebecca Elson Let There Always Be Light:


Whatever they turn out to be,

               Let there be swarms of them,

               Enough for immortality,

               Always a star where we can warm ourselves.

About the artist:

Born Wirral 1965, Mary Griffiths lives and works in Manchester. Graduated from English at Newcastle University, and MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art.

Griffiths’ practice begins with drawing and the close observation of urban, rural and industrial ecologies and architectures. These rapid figurative drawings are developed in the studio in graphite, ink, monoprints, paint and digital media. They are also the root of her abstract works, through which their essential geometries are rendered.

Her works are held in public and private collections including Arts Council Collection, The Turnpike and The Whitworth.

Selected exhibitions include Summer/Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2020); Protest and Remembrance, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2018); Wild Honey, The Turnpike, Leigh (2018); Prospect Planes, with physicist Kostya Novoselov, for the Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle/Gateshead (2018); Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and touring internationally (2016-18); From Seathwaite, permanent wall drawing, National Graphene Institute, Manchester (2015); Still Further, Bureau, Manchester (2014); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2014); Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012); Fathom, Bureau, Manchester (2012); and Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2011).

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