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Still Death

Still exhibition, 2015

Death sized drawings of mirrored images, reflect on the beauty of both life and death and tell two sides of the story.

Still Death – Rose Hip Graphite
Dessin paper & Reflection


Black Winged Stilt
Still Death – Black Winged Stilt Graphite,
Dessin paper & Reflection


Lead beater possum
Still Death – Lead Beater Possum
Graphite, Dessin paper & Reflection


Wedge Tailed Eagle
Still Death – Wedge Tailed Eagle
Graphite, Dessin paper & Reflection


Still Death – Cocoon
Graphite, Dessin paper & Reflection
Still Crimson Rosella
Still Death – Crimson Rosella
Graphite, Dessin paper & Reflection

Still Death – Cassowary
Fabriano paper & Reflection


Common Long Necked Turtle

Still Death – Common Long Necked Turtle
Graphite, Fabriano paper & Reflection

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In 2009 Ali created and curated an exhibition in response to losing her home in the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires.
An emotional exhibition, it was created to assist the healing and recovery of those who felt ‘accepted’ by the fires.

Callous or cathartic”  – The Sunday Age 29 March 2009

Channel 7 News report on Resurrected exhibition

ABC ‘Sunday Arts’ program


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The Art of Response

‘The Art of Response’: Recording and Collecting Black Saturday’.
March 8 – June 15 2014 – Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

A thoughtfully arranged collection of artistic responses to the catastrophic fires of Black Saturday.

Art of response-media –  read more.

rage & acceptance with Mayor
From left: Jenny Reddin, Cr Fiona McAllister (Mayor) and Ali Griffin.


‘Acceptance 1’.
Medium: Shellac, ink and questions.
‘I painted ‘Acceptance’ at a landscape painting workshop in Healesville. I participated in the workshop because I wanted to learn more about painting.
What I found was the other participants looking at the landscape for what they could see. I was looking into the landscape for what made it what it was. I asked questions of it… wondering what weather events had made up the landscape. Why was there a hill? What was behind the hill? What was under the hill? What did the topsoil and vegetation hide? And how could it just accept these events, and get on with life?
I went back to the studio and started writing these questions and my answers to them on the canvas. I wrote about accepting what happens, and learning from what I was writing.
Then, as usual, I poured ‘shellac’ over the top of the writing. It disappeared. I nearly cried. A few minutes later I realised I’d just learnt an incredibly valuable lesson…
I just needed to accept what had happened.’
– Ali Griffin
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Memories of Childhood – Yarra Valley Open Studios 2012

‘Memories of childhood’ is a wire armature on which passersby are asked to write a childhood memory on a tag and tie it to the bear.
When complete the tags make up the fabric of the bear, just as memories make us who we are.

Rolled out at the 2012 Yarra Valley Open Studios, it sparked conversation amongst visitors as they left the studio, (usually with smiles on their faces,) as they had recalled a childhood memory. They then proceeded to tell their partner, friend the memory. It was a lovely exchange to watch.

In a shopping environment, this action and interaction is a gentle reminder to consumers of what is important in life. This is part of the ‘Life Not Stuff/accumulation of stuff’ series that has informed Ali’s artwork since the ‘Black Saturday’ bush fires of 2009.

Memory bear

Bear4 Bear3Bear2 Memory bear 1


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The Memo, 

Still Time

Ali Griffin’s artwork requires stillness to experience the full sentiment behind the work.

Iconic symbols paired with materials steeped in meaning, show us there is still hope, still time…
Copper – the only element found in every living organism.
Tapestries – deteriorating as a single thread represents a species going extinct and the planet unravelling around us. Mirrors – reflecting that we are wired to find symmetry attractive
Souvenirs – reminding us of the absurd nature of collecting mass produced plastic ornaments as a memento of a personal experience, giving little thought to its production or the future of the place it was purchased.

We live in a world where nature competes for habitat with man-made. Beauty fights with necessity, and there is a constant battle between want vs need.

Ali’s works are tender and thought provoking, and, if we let them, will remind of the possibilities, both positive and negative, and asks ‘what needs to change for us to value what we already have?’


Enjoy Ember Fairbairn’s interview with Ali Griffin:
Radio interview with Charlene (podcast):!craft-13/cms8

Click here for a short video of the Still exhibition

Click here for the Mail article about the exhibition.

Other series in the ‘Still’ exhibition…

Still Exhibition and Opening
Still Beautiful
Still Death
Still Time
Still Hope
Still Life
Still Alive
Still Vulnerable
Still Contained
Still a Choice
Still a Life?


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Yering Sculpture Show 2013 – Finalist

‘Triple Bottom Line’ – Yering Sculpture Show finalist, November 2013.

In ‘Triple Bottom Line’ Ali looked at the effect climate change will have on the people, environment and economy of 10 countries at risk from rising sea levels, if climate change continues as predicted.

The sentimental value of a souvenir purchased as a reminder of a place, may be the only memento of this place if it is lost to the sea.

The process of collecting mass produced souvenirs is a comment on the things people give value to. Whether it be sentimental, monetary or intrinsic.

Yering Show 2013 domes pond 1

Yering Show 2013 domes pond

‘Out of their depth’ Exhibited at RACV, as part of the Yering Sculpture Show, 2013.

In this work, Ali looked at the effect of climate change and rising sea levels by cutting loose the usual characters and objects from the diarama, and letting them float inside collectable souvenir snow domes.

Varying levels of water inside the snowdomes indicate the water level attributed to rising seas in the year 2020; if climate change continues as predicted and floods the 3 countries most at risk.

They are out of their depth as they have no control over climate change, and rely on richer countries for their survival.