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Roberta Griffith (Chouinard 60)

Roberta Griffith (Chouinard 60) tells us, “I received an invitation to participate in an exhibition celebrating women in Philadelphia. The letter read in part, ‘As you probably know, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in the US. To celebrate the exact anniversary in August, The Clay Studio will mount an exhibition, 100 Women—100 Years, featuring plates commemorating 100 inspirational women. You are one of 50 artists invited to make two plates, each commemorating a woman important to you. The women you choose to represent can be famous, anonymous, or your own private inspirations. We welcome all perspectives on this topic, and we embrace a wide definition of women, transgender, and female identifying people.’

I also participated, by invitation, in the international digital print exhibition, Full Color Zagreb 20, in Croatia. The NO Series in my artworks refers to text in the form of single negative words, used both in my paintings and on installations of ceramic utilitarian cups and plates. The text consists of words such as NO, NEVER, NOT, NOPE, and NOTHING. I am responding visually to strife, conflict, incivility, and rudeness, plus natural and man-made disasters: hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding on an unprecedented scale, as well as racial tensions, political divisiveness, religious warfare, and intolerance among people in contemporary societies.”