Untitled ("Wand")

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1980
Found wood and paint
20.75 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Griffin's "Wand" (an untitled piece which he referred to as a wand but would not formally title so) consists of a (once again, black) human face, with a nodule of unpainted wood as its nose, lodged between two white bird heads facing in opposite directions. They emanate from the black face like doves from a magician's hat or from Noah's Ark at the conclusion of the Deluge. Birds may fly in any direction. The face in the middle becomes a kind of warp, a wrinkle, the point of a sudden change of direction, a "break," like the shifting current of the creek.