"I want something from you. I want to know where you are, how you got there, who you think you are and who you’d like to be. I collect pieces of people and build myself among them.” i am a visual artist working in video, photography, text and performance.
Central to my work is the idea of identity being created through a process of exchange. To date this has focused on both the external exchange - our interaction with other people - and the internal exchange - our recalled experiences and memories. Both these concepts are rooted in common psychological theories of how we build the self.
In my series Art Histories I create written stories using other artists’ memories as starting points. These memories – the stories they tell themselves about who they are – become mine to reinterpret and in the process of doing so reveal both intended and unconscious parts of my own story. In my videos I work with participants to create dialogues through which each of our identities are revealed. Sometimes the exchanges are centered around similar experiences: in 2 into 1 George Reynolds talks about having a stroke and I talk about my father’s stroke, while other times the exchanges aim to present the explicit differences: in Imago my father and I express opposite views on the value of video as art. In both pieces however I mislead as much as reveal. I speak with George’s voice and he with mine; and my father speaks my answers while I recount his.
I am interested in recognised methods of storytelling and this has primarily manifested itself through the use of voice. In my work I exchange and reconfigure voices as a metaphor for the instability of identity.
Curator Charlie Levine has said ‘The complex ideas of voice and ownership running throughout Griffiths practice again reflects something very personal to the artist and she often uses her art as a type of therapy. She uses a variety of voices in a bid to speak from all, to all and perhaps even to keep herself hidden in the crowd. As an individual, she is alarmingly honest in her work, but she is always presented through someone else. She hides herself away but is always ever present. We only get to know her through other peoples’ voices, faces or stories. Griffiths does make work about herself, but she makes us search for her, leaving a trail of seemingly visible yet invisible clues.’
Band Ties (Group show)
01/09/2012 to 30/09/2012
Cross-overs, connections, ties and links can expose themselves at random moments. Relationships can be born out of incidental meetings. The curators of the exhibition Band / Ties, Charlie Levine (Birmingham, UK) and Suvi Lehtinen (Stockholm, Sweden) met over a dinner during the summer in Berlin, through a mutual friend and curatorial partner...[Read more]
|WIP Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden||Details|
While we belong to ourselves a little bit of us belongs to everyone (solo exhibition)
15/02/2018 to 15/04/2018
Following a period of research with a diverse group of experts, including a clairvoyant, a writer, an impressionist, a cognitive anthropologist, a community psychologist, a neuroscientist and a tulpamancer, artist Caitlin Griffiths presents her new exhibition: While we belong to ourselves, a little bit of us belongs to everyone. Drawing from...[Read more]
|Swiss Cottage Gallery, London||Details|
In to view (solo exhibition)
01/09/2011 to 30/09/2011
For Aedas Presents Birmingham based artist, Caitlin Griffiths, debuted a new film and several Aedas specific text pieces. Continuing within her past work theme of identity and relationship, Griffiths' new work looks into perhaps the closest relationship of all - the relationship between father and daughter. In addition, Griffiths cuckooed...[Read more]
|Aedas presents, Birmingham, UK||Details|
Treasure Seekers VIII
01/09/2009 to 26/09/2018
Treasure Seekers VIII
TEXT BY CHARLIE LEVINE
Treasure Seekers VIII sees Charlie Levine and Kate Pennington-Wilson present the second of a two part series of curated shows in collaboration with Birmingham School of Art and Design Archives.
This exhibition presents six new works by Caitlin Griffiths, all of which are responsive to the...[Read more]
|Margaret Street, School of Art and Design, 2009, Birmingham||Details|