Approved: 17.04.2012

Martin Griffiths

Artist

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Approved: 17.04.2012

I am drawn towards works which celebrate transparency and are free of content, because I feel it's important to connect with the substrate of ideas - nature. My works function as channels for natural light, either sunlight or ambient light. Their subject is the active but unseen flow of nature, at the level of energy, and to experience this, the mind has to be still. At the centre of each work, there

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  • Location: Anderby Creek, East Midlands
 
 

Biography

I am drawn towards works which celebrate transparency and are free of content, because I feel it's important to connect with the substrate of ideas - nature. My works function as channels for natural light, either sunlight or ambient light. Their subject is the active but unseen flow of nature, at the level of energy, and to experience this, the mind has to be still. At the centre of each work, there is colour, light or space. We are part of nature and belong of its flow, though often we feel separate from it. Through developing sculptures which concentrate light into radiant 'light-lines' - lines so bright they look electrically sourced but are not - I've been exploring how artworks can influence the energy-sensitive axes of the human body, the central vertical axis in particular, and in this way connect us directly to the energy of nature. I collaborate in this work with engineers, architects, scientists, musicians and photographers. All the sculptures correspond with the body - they rise from the ground with a lateral symmetry spanning a vertical axis. They mirror the way the inner axes of the body draw in, channel and radiate energy, by presenting - for example - a light-absorbing window on one plane, a light-transmitting line on the other. They use light-active materials which give sequential experiences of absorbed, volumetric, tinted, reflected and transmitted light. Through these means, the works develop a charge which resonates with the body's subtle axes, and from this pacifying and uplifting experiences can flow. Viewers' responses collated during large-scale public installations show that they can give transformative experiences in the spaces around them - experiences of energy flowing towards, around, within and above the body; inner experiences of coloured light, and states of well-being such as stillness, centredness, uplift and lightness.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training
1978 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham

Recent group exhibitions
2013 - Fresh Air 2013, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire
2012 - London Bridge City Sculpture Exhibition, Thames South Bank, London

Solo installations
2011 - First Light, light sculpture installation, Lincoln Cathedral
2011 - I AM, light sculpture installation, The Collection museum, Lincoln
2011 - First Light On Tour, touring installations, East Midlands Cultural Olympiad
2011 - First Light re-configured, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 

Competitions, prizes and awards
2013 - Grants for the Arts award, Arts Council England 
2012 - Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award, Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust 
2011 - East Midlands Cultural Olympiad award
2010 - Grants for the Arts award, Arts Council England 
2009 - University of Hertfordshire Sculpture Prize, University of Hertfordshire Galleries
2009 - Visitors' Choice award, Hatfield House, Herts.