Embroidery on Fabric and Paper, Vintage Lace, Silver
120" x 48"
Layers of paper and fabric are destroyed, transformed by cutting, digging, ripping, tearing, soiling, smearing and staining with coffee and tea mixtures, transforming them into ephemeral lace on the verge of disintegration. Embroidery and embellishment repair the damage previously done. Materials and process enact human experience, committed mistakes and acceptance of what will remain forever unchanged. Historically a language belonging to women, embroidering is also a personal language inherited, a generational gift handed down from mother to daughter, through which I create my own dialogue, a map or topography for navigation through an emotional self-education.
Lace, Chiffon, Felt, Thread and Beads
170" x 220"
Vaginas for Grabs
100 Entomological Pins & Intaglio Prints
48" x 64"
Velum, Tulle, Organza, Coffee
108" x 60"
Currently Griselle resides in Miami. Born in the fishing town of Cumaná, Venezuela to a diplomat of German/Russian origin and a mechanical engineer of Trinidadian/Spanish descent, Griselle Gaudnik draws on her ancestral mix to face the constant cultural discovery and interruption of her nomadic upbringing, through Germany, Chile, Venezuela, Iran and the United States.
Learning to endlessly reinvent herself through drawing, painting and sewing, the parts of each culture that impacted her. Elements such as quantum physics and behavioral genetics, have also shaped her views on “Identity” into specific areas of interest such as reproduction and descendancy. These examinations are represented in large scale, sublime and delicate installations.
Her process of creation involves tediously cutting shapes from vellum, tulle and organza, hand dying with coffee mixtures and drawing subtle forms, to turning the materials into an organic lace. Gently restraining her color palette to muted beiges, browns and ivories, she contrasts earthiness and intangibility. The individual pieces are carefully categorized and collected until the moment of assembly. Although time consuming, it provides the space for added contemplation of her identity.
Gossamer yet uterine the outcome is transcendental.
Bachelor in Fine Arts & Bachelor in Art History, Summa Cum Laude, Florida International University, Miami FL, September 2009 – March 2013.
Associate in Arts, Highest Honors, Honors College MDC, Miami FL., September 2001 – March 2003.
07/2016 – Talking to Hear our Threads Rattle, Conde Contemporar Project Space, Little Havana, FL
06/2016-08/2016 – Intersectionality, MOCA, North Miami, FL
10/2015 – Smash & Grab, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
09/2015 – 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
05/2015 – Anual Interest, Young at Art Museum & BLA, Davie, FL
01/2015 – Florida Contemporary, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
10/2014 – Naughty by Nature, BLA + 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/2013 – Outset, Frost Musem, FIU, Miami, FL
08/2012 – Dwelling, Plantation, FL
04/2012 – Sensoria, FIU, Miami, FL
03/2012 – FASA Silent Auction, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Wynwood, FL
01/2012 – Martin Luther King, Frost Musem, FIU, Miami, FL
12/2011 – 7th Annual The Masters’ Mystery Art Show (MMAS), Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, FL
11/2011 – Eat Lionfish, Pyramid Studios, Miami FL
10/2011 – Student Exhibition (Parallel to Hang Ten & Transformation) Miami Beach Urban Studios, FL
10/2009 – The Scavenger Project Book, Art House Co-Op.
12/2009 – Spirit, Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Design District, Miami FL
06/2006 – Midnight Summer Fantasy Fashion Show, Yage, Miami FL
04/2005 – Women & Culture Festival, St. John’s Church, Miami FL
Alan Marcus Collection
Patti Sokol Collection
Martine Zinn Collection
2012 FIU School of Science, MLK Permanent Collection
Faculty Choice Award, Outset BFA Show, 2013
Certificate of Recognition for Advocacy in the Arts, Florida Higher Education Arts Network, 2011
Highest Honors FIU Fall 2010, FIU Spring 2011, Fall 2011 Reviews
Best in Show MDC Student Exhibition 2003
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