Grigely, Joseph

Joseph Grigely (born in 1956 in east Longmeadow, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) lives and works in Jersey City and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Joseph Grigely's art is an art about conversations - the paths they take, the shapes and colours they have, and the stories they tell in the process of being retold. Grigely, who became deaf as a result of a childhood accident, uses as his raw material the written conversations that he has in his daily life; the scraps of paper on which hearing people have written notes, names, or phrases in order to coverse with him when he cannot read their lips.

He uses these scraps of conversations to build wall pieces and table-top tableaux that all take as their subject matter the ineluctable differences between speech and writing, and reading and listening.