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What a Time It Was
Cathryn Griffith—Back Bay artist
An Opus of the Ordinary: Cathryn Griffith
Cathryn Griffith is
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What a Time It Was:
By Alexandra Johnson
Our homes are small, private archives in need of a curator. There are unsorted photos, old passports stamped with the
Griffith found five generations of diaries — including ones carried across the western frontier — genealogy trees, property deeds dating back centuries, stacks of yellowed newspaper clippings. Scattered among them were countless photographs.
Exhibit Views History
Some of the recurring themes are striking: three successive generations of women raised children as single mothers; two were widowed at an early age; two women, unexpectedly alone, learned to run their late husbands' businesses and continued them as successful enterprises.
Visitors to the exhibit may very well see their own family histories reflected in Griffith's work. Parts of her family story are accessible through recordings of the artist and her daughter reading from Maggie Stone's hand-written journals.
January 5, 2007
Back Bay Artist Finds
By Jenny Desai
For Back Bay artist Cathryn Griffith, studying the past isn't just a way of avoiding the mistakes of previous generations, it's been an ongoing source of inspiration….
At its core, Griffith's work honors challenge, the moments in life when we are left with only our wits and our resources to survive. The more she investigated the lives of the three generations that preceded her, the more she began to see patterns of strength and courage weaving themselves through her family's generations.
April 5, 2007
An Opus of the Ordinary: Cathryn Griffith Started with
By John Edwards,
When the future becomes hard to imagine, people tend to turn to the past—to nostalgia, history, biography, and genealogy.
What I find most interesting about this project is the way in which it inevitably evolved from a family scrapbook for Griffith's daughter into an exhibition whose implicit nature is a call to us to do likewise.
Our houses…are museums of our lives, and often of the lives of those who've gone before or passed through.