Saturday, February 13, 2010
Artist Belinda Bryce in the Cafe Gallery
Belinda Bryce is showing her work in the cafe's gallery through 03/05/10.
This recent work is a playful exploration of the figure-ground concept in painting: the figure or subject is set against the background. A fundamental principle of visual perception, the figure-ground relationship allows the artist to delineate the foreground and the background.
I am interested in flattening the space between figure and ground. I am also interested in scale, how large or small something appears based on its relationship to other visual elements or based on its relation to the edge of the painting. Shrinking or enlarging the figure changes the ground. Some paintings pay more attention to the figure; others focus more on the space that surrounds the figure.
In previous work, I have used images of pears, bowls, birds, dogs, and dresses. The rabbits, like these other images, are visual metaphors that relate to the experience of being female. In addition to the symbolic imagery, I am interested in creating unflustered but interesting juxtapositions of textures, color and shapes.
This work is influenced by many artists. Some who immediately come to mind are Matisse, Milton Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Susan Rothenberg, Mimmo Paladino, Sqeak Carnwath, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Outsider Art as well as children’s art.
Belinda Bryce is a Rochester artist. For more information, please go to www.belindabryce.com.