Friday, February 24, 2012

Wanderlust Movie Has R. Griggs' Slightly Skewed Sculptures on the Set

A dozen of my pieces are being used on the set of an upcoming Universal Studios' movie, Wanderlust, opening February 24, 2012. The film was shot at the the historical Kollock home place, Elysium, in Clarkesville, Georgia and stars Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Justin Thoreau and Alan Alda. The plot centers around a modern day hippie commune.

One of the three Kollock daughters, Carie Madigan, lives down the hill from the movie set and has been a dear friend of mine since childhood. We've stomped around their land and explored the old house for years. When the movie crew was scouting around for quirky art, Carie recommended that they use my work in the movie set. The production crew contacted me and picked out some pieces to lease for the duration of the filming. They ended up purchasing a few pieces to use in retakes after the filming on location was done.

My husband, David Ray, and I took a trip up to the movie set last year and got to glimpse a few filming days. We ate meals in the dining trailers with the actors and crew and got to see how "movie magic" works. We toured the house to see where my pieces were being used. Though the movie hasn't come out in the St. Simons Island theater yet, we have been able to identify several pieces in the trailers.

There is also a large collage covering several walls in the movie set's bathroom, which includes a front and center picture of David Ray, a young friend, Geneva, and our dog, Gary Dug, that I sent to the production crew before they started filming. Other characters in the collage include a young Elizabeth Taylor, some nude dancers, a fellow with horns, and topless, three breasted Siamese twins. At the end of the movie trailer when Paul Rudd is sitting on the toilet you can see the collage when the camera pans back. It's fun having David Ray, Geneva and Gary Dug's visages as part of the Wanderlust movie.

Apparantly, my name isn't in the credits since I would have to had to be a part of the movie crew or donate $20,000 worth of art to Universal Studios to be listed. I hope that seeing my work in the movie will generate interest and possibly new collectors so I've been working on a newly designed website at that has Wanderlust as one of it's keywords. I'm not really sure how all that keyword business works but think the more times my name is used in conjunction with the word Wanderlust, the more visible my website will be on the search engines.

Here's a preview of the pieces in the movie:

Totem with the artist and her muse

Cool Breeze



Lover's Dance

Another PotHead

Part of the collage in Wanderlust bathroom scene

Feets of Love

Hole Hearted

Squash Jar

The Blue Virgin
(at the front door on the movie set)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall 2011 New Work

The fruits of my labors...
Some of these pieces are being exhibited at the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, Georgia, through early January. My Slightly Skewed Showroom is stocked with faces, platters, jugs and other crockery. Please feel free to contact me or come by for a tour of the studio, showroom and sculpture garden.

The studio before an exhibit

The Singer

The Gardener

T-Bone Honker Face

Left Leaning Liberal Nude

Face Jugs

Heavy Metal Fish

Angel Hare

Friday, June 10, 2011

Agnes' Women III

A Continued Celebration of One Family's Art

June 2 - July 14, 2011
Glynn Visual Arts Center
St. Simons Island, Georgia

Marilla Martin, Lucile Stephens, Marcia Scroggs,
Rosemary Griggs,
Claudia Davis, Carolyn Simmons

This show is very dear to me as it is named in honor of my grandmother, Agnes Stephens, who was a wonderful artist and inspiration to so many of us. This was our third family exhibit over the years that included my mother, her three sisters and a cousin. Several younger family members (the Agnes’ Women Junior League) contributed their artistic musings to the opening night festivities.

While sitting around drinking beer and coffee after the last Agnes' Women opening reception, we came up with the idea of building art pieces with different themes that each of us could make our own interpretations of. In this year's exhibit we ended up with some very different pieces with the same or similar titles. My theme was “Roots”. Others included “More Than Enough”; “Under Pressure”; “To Hell in a Hand Basket”; Mythology and Fairy Tales.

Amazing Yellow Winged Tutu Girl in Disguise

Anna Anderson, Lucile Stephens, Olivia & Emily Coiner, Rosemary Griggs

The opening night reception was a big celebration. Each of the six artists came dressed in a primary or secondary color from the color wheel. Many friends, art patrons and family came decked out in their own versions of inappropriate island attire. Our family has a long history of playing dress up. Any holiday or family gathering we're apt to bring out the costumes. We've had Thanksgivings where the attire was inspired by turkeys from outer space. Another Thanksgiving the family came dressed as cavemen. Some of my earliest memories are of an entire male cast of Cinderella as a silent musical with my grandfather being the fairy godmother in boxer shorts and a sheer hoop slip. No wonder my art is slightly skewed.

More Than Enough

Jack's in the Box - Featuring Jack's Rabbit

To Hell in a Handbasket

Til the Fat Lady Sings

A Fairy Tale Debunked

Under Pressure


Catch & Release

Beware! Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

I've done a few commission pieces lately where the collectors gave me free reign to create pieces within a fairly loose parameter. We worked together to build on a general idea and created pieces that had personal significance to the collector.

Kate's Jack


The Studio and Showroom are open for tours by appointment.

Studio with eager studio assistants

Slightly Skewed Showroom