| b. 1970
Born in 1970, Scott Griffin grew up on a farm on Scogog
Island in rural Ontario, where he and his brother explored their
world through artmaking. They made drawings and built forts, spaceships
and vehicles from objects they found on their land. Scott Griffin
still portrays a world filled with the same characters he has created
and drawn since childhood. A self-proclaimed "pack rat,"
Griffin still works on objects he finds in the garbage. His images
on metal include both the bush planes his father and uncles piloted,
as well as figures representing himself and his brother. He uses
an arc welder to burn his images onto metal, and allows the materials
to guide his choices of imagery: "My drawings come from the
materials; they tell me what to do." Griffin creates haunting
landscapes sparsely populated by figures and an occasional airplane,
automobile or building. The work simultaneously evokes a sense of
serenity, as if capturing a moment of suspended motion, as well
as a sense of loneliness. Scott Griffin's creations combine the
roughness inherent in his materials with a highly contemporary sophistication.
Scott Griffin studied at Ontario School of Art and Design, and currently
lives and works in Toronto.