Georgina Grenier

Artist Statement:

She sees her artwork as a way of finding out the truth: truths that are derived from everyday things and from an ethic of caring.

Biography: 

Georgina Grenier is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher working in southwestern Maine. Her work combines diverse printmaking processes, drawing, microscopy and photography to create large multi-layered hybrid prints. She explores ecology and environmental change in her work using images of microorganisms and algae from local waterways. Grenier sees her work as a way of finding out the truth: truths that are derived from everyday things and from an ethic of caring. Born in Kent, England, Georgina Grenier attended the Central St. Martin’s School of Art in 1978 and completed a foundation course in art and then attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London, obtaining a BFA (Hons) in 1983. She won two awards from the Slade School, the Catherine Maude Pierce Award for travel, and the Betty Malcolm Scholarship for work in theater design. Grenier used these to travel to the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts where she worked as a scene painter. She now works in a large format so that her prints are almost installations, and have a theatrical aspect which has become integral to her work.

Georgina emigrated to the U.S in 1983, lived without electricity and ran an organic farm, delivering and schooling her children at home. She obtained a graduate degree in education in 2002, and became a public school teacher of gifted and talented students. She is currently obtaining a graduate degree in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine, Orono where she was the recipient of Intermedia IMFA grants from 2012 to 2016 which she used to build an ultra-violet exposure unit and equip her printmaking studio.

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