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No. 9, A Force of Small, Line No. 2


Kojo Griffin (American, 1971 - present)

Kojo Griffin's No. 9 A Force of Small, Line No. 2 takes its name and approach from I Ching hexagrams which look at the interconnectivity of ideas and states of being. Griffin paints psychological portraits, parables of universal themes often reflecting on childhood experiences, emotions and relationships, and in this case using the central figure to represent the self. The anthropomorphized animals lend a familiar fairy tale quality to the work, but the expected characteristics and attributes are subverted, requiring deeper consideration of apparent connections. A network of cogs and gears overlays and connects the central themes and ideas of the piece. Humanity's underlying universality may be symbolized by the DNA helices, whilst the turtles embody the quiet, strong force of patience. Griffin's parable reflects upon the importance of patience, openness and strength in overcoming difficulties.

Place object was created: United States

acrylic paint, paper (fiber product), crayon, wood

Measurements:    height: 59.75 inches    width: 48 inches    depth: 2.625 inches

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Diane Baker, David and Alfreda Belton, Jeanne Brayboy, Raleigh and Thelmetia Bynum, Mary C. Curtis and Martin F. Olsen, Patrick and Judy Diamond, Dr. William H. Greene, Peggy Fuller, Aaron McKeithan, Jr., Carolyn Mints, Dee Dee Murphy, Cheryl Myers, Wilfred and Karen Neal, Mike Todd, Dorothy Cowser Yancy, and an Anonymous Donor 1999.47

Not currently on view