Visual ArtCurrently Hanging: Kristina Griffith's Iconic Women of Seattle
by Jen Graves
on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Courtesy of the artist
Khatsini Simani is a poet, a runner, a teacher, a powerhouse.
Seattle street/gallery artist Kristina Griffith has some women she'd like to introduce.
They're Khatsini Simani, Haneen Ahmed, Amy Polansky, Meng Yu, Aleesha Contreras, Lauren Kite, and Angeline Villalobos. More, too: twelve in total. She's been working toward this introduction since 2010. For each of the women she selected, she made a portrait in black and white, blending the curved lines of art nouveau with her own street style.
The pieces bring double pleasure. There's the pleasure of looking, plus the pleasure of meeting these characters. In real life, they perform poetry, design clothing, teach youth photography and cooking, arrange flowers, curate music, lead yoga students, keep the broader world stocked with graffiti supplies, and they're all in Seattle.