Today’s Artist Birthday: Griffon Ramsey (b. 1980)
Griffon E. Ramsey (born April 23, 1980) is a performance artist, chainsaw sculptor, writer, social media star, and independent film maker based in Austin, Texas best known for her pop-culture wood sculptures which have appeared at the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships and the Butler Chainsaw Carving Invitational. Several of her YouTube videos have attracted attention online, including her sculpting an Eastern red cedar into Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, which accumulated over 115,000 views in three days. Her channel currently has over 3,000,000 video views and 75,000 subscribers.
Griffon Ramsey grew up in Oregon and was inspired by the carvings she saw as a child, including those of her grandfather. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008 from Texas State University with a BFA in Theatre and began chain-saw sculpting in 2011. Prior to wood sculpting, Ramsey designed and painted playground markings at elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District in order to promote active learning. The project was done in collaboration with Burl Norville and the University of Texas School of Public Health to, “utilize playground stencils to encourage physical activity.”% | % | % | % | %