RUFFLE is a three-dimensional massing of contour line drawings inscribed and cut to shape on stiff, translucent fabric that spans the gallery walls, ceiling and floor. The delicate structure of transient materials opportunistically borrows strength and structure from the architecture. The sculptural material holds a deep-rooted significance for Grinnell, taking its genesis from dressmaking patterns lovingly shaped by her mother in the creation of Grinnell’s adolescent dresses during the mid-1900s. At her mother’s death Grinnell inherited hundreds of her mother’s frugally saved patterns. Motivated to make art that revealed her generational connections, Grinnell initially used the actual tissue-paper patterns for her sculptural work. She later switched to the more durable polyester interfacing fabric, but her work remains a constant acknowledgment of her familial memory.
RUFFLE was featured on the Seattle Channel’s “Art Zone with Nancy Guppy” on 09.21.12: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3351227. This video was produced and edited by Patricia O’Brien; still photographs by Marisa Vitiello. View the long version of the video here: http://vimeo.com/49788126 and the short version here: http://vimeo.com/49792109.
View a video documenting RUFFLE from the early stages of fabrication in Gail Grinnell’s studio, to installation on site at Suyama Space: http://vimeo.com/48904412. Credits: Dot Dot inc - Video: Marisa Vitiello, Sound: Tom Yoder.