Roberta Griffith, ‘Debris Contained’, 2012, galerie 103
Roberta Griffith, ‘Debris Contained’, 2012, galerie 103

This installation is a continuation the idea of play and toys represented by doll body parts and baseballs that make a comment on natural and manmade disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, or abortion to mention some. Each of the five miniature porcelain containers of Debris Contained may be slid open and closed. Each box is an echo of the installation, Hung Out to Die. The contents of the porcelain boxes are identical in content to each suspended sack of the large mixed-media installation, Hung Out to Die. In both installations there are white doll body parts, a rag dolls, and baseballs, but they present diametric opposites in size and method of containment. The very small, paper-thin, but durable Keraflex® porcelain boxes of Debris Contained, with the miniature porcelain hand-sculpted toys are a clear contrast to the fragility of the hanging fabric bundles with their life-sized toys in Hung Out to Die. Additional contrasts may be made between the tiny porcelain boxes that seem representative of toy boxes and the three sacks hung from the steel stand of Hung Out to Die presenting the macabre effect of a guillotine. The anthropomorphic doll body parts and baseballs signify a union of the past, the present and future. The baseballs provide an additional contemporary note. In addition, as in the large installation, these objects allude to the universal cyclical nature of life and death. Debris Contained is in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Measurements: five boxes, each box 1.0" H x 2.5 " W x 1.5"D

Artists of Hawaii 2013, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii


Princeville, Kaua‘i; b. Michigan
Media: Mixed-media sculpture and installation

I seek a balance and a harmony of shapes, textures and hues that manifest an internal dialogue as I explore materials and forms. I often combine collage and mixed media in my 2-D art to create primarily abstract images. Interestingly, the ceramic process lends itself to multiples and variations on a form. In my 3-D art, I use this orientation when making ceramics, sculptures and installations that may combine functional, non-functional, figurative and/or non-figurative elements to present my vision. Some of my ceramic objects relate to play: ceramic toys and porcelain doll body parts. Conceptually, I seek to evoke associations of places and their cultural manifestations that I have come across through research and world travel, as well as allude to human foibles, human mortality, the cyclical nature of life and death, and universal natural or man-made shortcomings. Material metaphors I create serve as unique repositories for the extension of my thoughts and reflections.

Recipient of the Jim Winters Award for 3-D Design and the Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith Purchase for the Collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawai`i

Collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawai`i

About Roberta Griffith

USA, b. 1937, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, based in Princeville, HI, United States