Image: Courtney Griffith, Fragments, 2021, Charcoal on paper

The Frank-Ratchye Project Space presents Entropy, a new body of work by Courtney Griffith. Entropy examines creation, loss, and transformation through various forms of charcoal and burnt wood. Charred wood is associated with loss and destruction, but it is also a vehicle of creation. As Robin Wall Kimmerer says of the indigenous practice of wildfire prevention through controlled burns, “The forces of creation and destruction are so tightly linked that sometimes we can't tell where one begins and the other leaves off.” This seemingly paradoxical property of fire is present in all forms of life and can be explained through the concept of entropy. Entropy requires that everything must be in perpetual transformation. The purpose of creation is destruction and the purpose of destruction is creation. The purpose of this cyclical transformation is to increase entropy. Such is our own cyclical existence, and like time, all we can do is continue to move forwards.

Griffith’s solo exhibition Entropy will be on view from March 10-26, 2021 on the Root Division Virtual Gallery.

More about Courtney Griffith:
Courtney Griffith is a San Francisco-based artist and educator originally from San Diego, California. She studied painting at Santa Clara University, California and Syracuse University at Florence, Italy. In addition to a degree in fine arts, she also has a degree in mathematics. Many see the two fields of study as opposite, but she sees them as similar in a sense that they are both symbolic methods of abstract thinking. Griffith is primarily interested in exploring the concept of ephemerality, through images of decomposition and the use of natural processes.
The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a gallery for Root Division artists to connect and engage in dialogue around the work being made on site, and to exhibit their art to the public. The Project Space is located on our rear mezzanine, and is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. This space is made possible with the generous support of Ed Frank and Sarah Ratchye.