Currently, in her business Marisha Simons Designs, she designs and prints custom interior installations for clients as well as collaborates with individual artists to produce fine art editions of their work. She teaches printmaking at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and is a graduated fellow in the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia.
Through print-art and digital photography, Laureen Griffin looks at how culture is preserved through symbolic gesture. How a sense of security is established as we recognize symbolic language and social coding that uphold our values. And how we are conditioned to associate material display in our homes and on our person with a sense of belonging. Specifically, Griffin uses symbolic devices of adornment to challenge aesthetics of femaleness through commentary on personal and historical devices of ornament used in portraiture and decorative arts.
Laureen?s most recent accolades include, a two year Center For Emerging Visual Artists Career Development Fellowship, Women?s Studio Workshop Fellowship, Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, and artist in residency at 40th St. AIRSPACE. She is most well known for her Gender Portraiture Project and community based projects in schools, transitional housing and more recently a senior center. She has also begun to build a flourishing business working collaboratively to reform people?s homes and gardens and hopes to use her new found skills from NextFab Studio to enhance this work. Laureen received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from Syracuse University.
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