“We need the terrain of the half solved and the half solvable, of the distance between knowing and not knowing, seeing the trace in the ground and being still somewhat uncertain of what it is, of not having a clear label that tells us everything” - William Kentridge
Belinda Griffiths’ latest body of work continues her signature use of bold brushstrokes and exploration of the human form.
For Belinda there is no space for hesitation or doubt in the initial stages of creating her paintings. The paint is applied with a large loaded brush in wide sweeping arcs that twist in on themselves. The brushstrokes are intuitive and spontaneous allowing Belinda to be both active and passive in the creation of the works, letting the pared back materials be the driving force in the works.
As the painting begins to dry on the surface Belinda wipes back into areas of dark to reclaim the light needed for a figure or form .Even as the form emerges, traces of the earlier gestural brushstrokes remain. Belinda creates the works in such a way to allow for these traces - “the marks that remain despite all my interruptions and wiping back actually interest me the most. They add a layer of meaning to the work that I couldn’t ever predict nor that I completely understand.”