Functional Art, Brushed with Elegance
Artist Profile: Tracie Griffith Tso
October 4, 2007
Having recently moved to Reston, Tracie Griffith Tso has already jumped
into the local art scene, becoming a member of the Vienna Arts Society.
She is displaying her Oriental brush pottery at the Vienna Art Center,
115 Pleasant St. NW, through Nov. 25. Griffith Tso’s art is being
featured in the display case. There will be an opening reception for
the Art Center’s October exhibits Saturday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m. The
gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit
www.viennaartssociety.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are you from orignially? Rancho Palos Verdes, southern California
Where are you living now? Reston
What are your major artistic influences? My love of nature — animals and flowers.
did you first get inspired to create art? I have been doing brushwork
since the age of 12. I was interested in painting beautiful Chinese
horses, and my mother wanted me to paint her peonies.
always know you wanted to be an artist? Art is a natural part of my
personality, it just flows from me. I could not escape it.
Where do you do most of your work? At home in beautiful North Reston and at the Reston Community Center pot shop.
What do you listen to when you work? NPR. I like to multitask.
Is it reflected in the work you make? No.
medium to use and why? Using different mediums challenges me — I like
to incorporate the beauty of traditional brushwork creatively in
pottery, paper, fabrics and anything else paintable. I like
brushpainting because of its strong use of space utilizing black and
white. It is more challenging and unforgiving way to work, being
sensitive to nuance and shades of gray.
What would you consider
the theme of the exhibit? A piece of pottery as artwork in itself —
each one is an individual traditional Chinese composition but is truly
What do you hope viewers get out of the
show? Broadening the depth of understanding of Asian composition and
appreciation of the elegance and simplicity of traditional art.
you have a favorite piece in the exhibit? The playful panda platter;
the colors blended together so well with the halo behind the two pandas
in relief and the beautiful midnight blue glaze.