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Kojo Griffin
Born 1971 in Farmville, VA
Lives and works in Atlanta, GA
Untitled, 2000
oil and acrylic paints, mixed media on wood panel
60 x 48 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Loyd
2001.4
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Griffin studied child psychology at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, which reflected and shaped his interests, and added a dimension of awareness and understanding to his work that exceeds simple autobiographical experience. The undertow in Griffin’s art is in his willingness, and need, to represent the troubling incidents that sometimes occur in childhood and leave lasting impressions. There is an aspect of universality to the figures in Griffin’s work, stemming from the imprecision of the figures as generic, symbolic characters. They don’t represent specific individuals. The toylike quality of the figures, sometimes resembling nondescript dolls, or stuffed bears, excludes references to race or class.