My practice is a meditation on collisions. Raised in religious environments paradoxically steeped in, or void of, visual iconography, I have long gravitated toward images in direct conflict with one another. Devoted to the study of codes, or semiotics, I produce large format photographs, montaged objects, and what might be called “image-collisions” to explore the competing implications of signs, indices, and symbols. Signs never mean the exact same thing; my vision is to construct artworks that pay tribute to the polarities of signification.
Through codes, we create the world—a world separate from (if molded by) that of direct experience. It is my intention as an artist to respond to these coded systems in ways that disrupt and disquiet. As we navigate and invent these codes, individually and collectively, we create the sign structures we call “culture.” My art excavates the lost meanings in these signs by consciously mining the tensions between them.
I, Gina Grafos, make art, teach art, and curate art. Currently in residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, this site is specifically dedicated to the precious weeks of travel and response in both the southern Peloponnese area of Greece and the streets of Paris, In the fall I will return to my position, teaching photography at both Washington University in St. Louis and Maryville University.
My permanent studio is housed on the 4th floor of the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. I also codirect a gallery space, Museum Blue, exhibiting contemporary works from international artists.
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