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Charlotte McGowan-Griffin

Shortly after graduating from Goldsmith’s College in 1997, paper cutting became Charlotte McGowan-Griffin’s primary medium. In 2004 she began to combine the technique with light, shadow and video projection to create large-scale sculptural installations.

Whiteness of the Whale lll, 2011

The works contain a complex visual language, juxtaposing symbols from the natural world with looser, more gestural incursions into the surface of the paper, which often turn it into a sculptural medium. Form is silhouetted against a delicate sub-layer of illumination, projection and shadow, and all layers become unified into a fragile membrane of paper and light.

In 2011 her exhibition CUT at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, concluded her installation cycle The Whiteness of the Whale, based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick or, The Whale, by building a 10m walk-through whale from white paper, wood, and light. Since 2005 McGowan-Griffin has been mainly based in Berlin, where she recently held a solo exhibition The Rings of Saturn at frühsorge contemporary drawings, which was accompanied by the publication of a monograph titled Cutting in, Cutting out.

She has been the recipient of several working stipends over the past decade, most recently being awarded a one-year working grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin speaking at Grizedale Forest, 2012