St. Cecilia 2007, paper
Bluberry Surprise, 2003, ink and paper
The Information Economy, 1996, mixed media
White Noise, 2011, paper
Joseph Grigely was deaf since his childhood and that inspired him in creating his pieces. He had a way of having a conversation with people through his work. Grigely had a habit of writing down all of his thoughts on any pieces of paper he had laying around. With this enormous collection of thoughts on pieces of paper he decided to use them in his installations. In his installations, Grigely would install a large selection of his writings and thoughts onto a wall or across a large surface in an entire room. The pieces of papers do not have a particular order and the viewer is left to read all of these thoughts, clueless as to how these phrases and thoughts fit together. Although sound has been eliminated from the room, the feeling of verbal flow and the intimacy of humans interacting is still present. It is a feeling of being overwhelmed in terms of conversation and the abundance of words.