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A Reverie on entropy

This past six months has been enriching and incredible. Finishing my post graduation in fine arts with honors at Massey University Wellington. Here are some of the pieces I have created alongside my research paper on The Post Digital Artefact.

My paper has researched the benefits of digital fabrication as part process for the contemporary artist. To do this, I researched and provided examples of contemporary artists utilizing computer technologies to create works that are not possible to form by hand and how these technologies have emerged as recognized art practices. There is no longer a demarcation between handmade and digital made, these disciplines for artists are feeding into one another, it has become a recursive process. Twenty years ago, in Design school, my thesis researched how the computer was being utilized to generate art across a broad range of media, including computer graphics in the film industry, games, the web and digital art.

My intention for my final body of work is a 3 dimensional ocean surface within a carved cavity, recessed within a monolithic style block, the back side of the sculpture presents the observer with a billowing cloud, the other side a surface of the ocean. Presented upon a lit plinth,  in front of a digital printed oil painting of a cloud. This enables the viewer to walk between the two pieces, when in front of the resin sculpture the two merge and become one optically. It leaves the optical process of bringing the two pieces together in the mind of the viewer, potentially more interesting than my previous works that simply placed the colored print behind the resin sculpture leaving no exploration or participation on the part of the viewer. A conversation between the two pieces stemming from previous content of the relationship between the clouds and ocean. The color from the painting can be seen refracting within the acrylic sculpture of the cloud, the sculpture and painting becoming one, no longer a dichotomy.  The very phenomena of the color transferring across the gallery space to be collected and refracted into the waves of water, like we see happening in reality, to me is the most interesting aspect. A sculpture painting. Between the digital and the analogue. Stopped motion, compressed time, an infinite moment. Between stasis and potential activity.

Reverie on entropy  perspex sculpture  65x60cm  2019

Reverie on entropy

perspex sculpture

65x60cm

2019

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Ocean keepsake

Revisiting an earlier body of work “keepsake”. A lecturer at Uni had described how he can feel hemmed in when he can’t see the ocean, perhaps a pocket sized reminder in times of need. Loosing the frame but retaining its cameo keepsake shape. Reverie of the ocean. These refract and reflect light in a precious blue used by the old masters for spiritual holy characters. I’m reclaiming it here for our oceans. Limited edition of 20 ✨


#keepsake #simArt #cg #ocean #resin #frenchUltramarine #belindagriffiths #art #fineArt #3dart #motiongraphics #simart #simulation #cg #cgi #computerart #fluid #vfx

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Infinite gaze

the infinite gaze

80x80cm 

oil on wood

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#contemporaryartist #belindagriffiths #oilPainting #fineart #art #artist #twilight #nocturne #fractal #digitalart #simArt #waves  #wallrelief

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SOLO 45

A sneak peak of my new collection of sculptures for Solo 45. 


New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

Queens Wharf

December 7 - January 13

Leap into a virtual world, Solo 45 will showcase the current body of work, 'sea of clouds’ accompanied by there process through the virtual headset, thanks to Brian at I want to experience. https://www.iwanttoexperience.com/

These wall pieces, held within the traditional setting of the frame, merge classical motifs with digital water effects.  The ocean floats, stopped in a moment of time. Beneath the resin sculptures, the painting becomes diffracted and refracted encouraging viewers to closely examine and move around these pieces. Alongside these sculptures is the oil painting ‘Fade into you’ which captures the moment of metamorphosis where
liquids dissolve into atmosphere. 

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sea of clouds

To be showcased at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts,
Solo 45 exhibition
December 7- January 13
Love to see you there 🌊 

Belinda Griffiths is a visual artist whose practice explores
a hybrid of traditional themes through modern day technologies. An artist who has a love for water,
clouds and natural phenomena, who infuses the
organic complexity of nature with digital technology.

She works across a broad range of media including painting, digital art, photography and sculpture. She studied digital illustration and graphic design, successfully working in the film industry for some 8 years and has extended those disciplines into her practice. 

Belinda's current body of work, 'sea of clouds' is exploring the face of the ocean, etched by the wind. 
These wall pieces, held within the traditional setting of the frame merging classical motifs with modern
day digital movie driven water effects. The ocean floats, stopped in a moment of time. Beneath the
resin sculptures, the painting becomes diffracted and refracted encouraging viewers 
to closely examine and move around these pieces, prompting individual experiences.

Accompanying these sculptures is the oil painting, Fade into you, which captures the moment of
metamorphosis where liquids dissolve into atmosphere. 

A full-time practicing artist at Bayview Studios, Shelly Bay. Her works are held in private
collections in New Zealand, Australia, France and the USA.

'the temple of all life'

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Keepsake of the ocean.  A framed body of water. Water is symbolic of our emotions, we are surrounded by it, our bodies made up of it. This computer simulated ocean pattern is captured in the medium of wood. Throughout history water has been a symbol of our emotions. Nature is to be protected, we are the custodians of earth and sea and all creatures that inhabit it. There is something very finite about placing a frame around the ocean, it gives a border to the artwork, a space between what is real and what is not real. A window to the soul, the setting of a jewel. It holds the contents as precious.

A little bit about the colour, french ultramarine.
“Even the finest natural ultramarine, ground assiduously by hand, is riddled with odd minerals: calcite, pyrite, augite, mica. These deposits cause the light to be refracted and transmitted in subtly different ways. No two strokes of paint are the same in their fundamental composition. Stand at the right angle and you might catch a quiet glimmer of white or gold, like a prick of light from some distant province of the cosmos.” 

 

Butsudan ‘the temple of all life’
Oil on wooden 3d sculpture
45x30x6cm
$750
#contemporaryart #belindagriffiths #butsudan#3d #sculpture #ocean #buddhism

refusal of nature

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'refusal of nature' depicts a framed body of water. Water is symbolic of our emotions, we are surrounded by it, our bodies made up of it. This computer simulated ocean pattern is captured in the medium of wax and ready to be cast into the delicate translucent ancient technique of ceramic.

Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions, originating before the Neolithic period. This new series will be cast in the age-old medium of porcelain. Throughout history water has been a symbol of our emotions. We are surrounded by it, our bodies are made up of it. Nature is to be protected, we are the custodians of earth and sea and all creatures that inhabit it. There is something very finite about placing a frame around the ocean, it gives a border to the artwork, a space between what is real and what is not real. A window to the soul, the setting of a jewel. It holds the contents as precious.

#belindaGriffiths #contemporaryArt #sculpture #wax #ocean

lucent memories

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It has been a busy few months, here is the latest.

First major commission is finished and installed. What a tremendous feeling it is to create a piece for someone. While it took some time to get together a preliminary image, once that happened it all fell into place. Following on with my body of work, exploring coalescence as my theme, the sky and water as the subject and the romantic notion of these two as  metaphor.

confluence

confluence

This one is fresh off the mill, there is something beautiful about raw wood.  This new design depicts the symmetrical world of nature.

It's really interesting to hear peoples feedback about what they actually see in these pieces. From a certain light I can see Buddha peacefully sitting cross legged. They provoke different responses, very much like the Rorschach tests of 1927 ,  used by some psychologists to test and examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. Mathematical symmetry found in nature I've often found fascinating, our own human form being a divisible copy of its self, a mirror. Since the earliest uses of pottery wheels, pottery has had a strong relationship to symmetry. Designed by me and fabricated by my vfx technical guru husband Ronnie Menahem, this collaborative project wouldn’t have been possible without his efforts and genius.

‘Confluence’
Wood
$2,750
600mm diameter
#cnc #ocean #fractal #belindagriffiths #nzartshow #digitalArt

etched by the wind

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The face of the ocean, etched by the wind, it's patterns and muted tones carved into wood. An organic, swirling dramatic ocean that binds us to the land. These intimate sized wall pieces, in subtle and naturalistic colors, you have the sense of a piece of the ocean stopped in a moment of time. Evoking memories of the seaside and the colossal unharnessed power of nature. A new technology has been developed in collaboration with my husband to bring these amazing works.

First created in 2014, the ocean wave series, etched by the wind has evolved from an idea to a reality. Just look at that incredible detail. Ready for the NZ Art Show.

A little insight into the process involved in creating a piece like ‘etched by the wind’

My final year of study thesis looked at the way art could embrace both traditional and modern mediums. A highly unique methodology has been researched and developed to create this engaging art piece. A hybrid of traditional and contemporary art practices, this piece culminates both eras of art making.

In collaboration with my vfx husband Ronnie, the software utilised to create the waves structures, allows for complex patterns, not easily formed by hand given natures intricacies, but possible with the advent of the computer married with mathematics. Driven by complex mathematical algorithms which are based in statistical models of deep ocean waves.

Then a time consuming process of cutting the pine wood begins, driven by the computers geometric modelling, the machine forms the sculptures waves. This piece is unique in that it also crosses both disciplines of art, sculpture and oil painting. The wood is then painted in the time honored medium of oils. 
Etched by the wind’
600mm diameter
 

like thoughts inside a dream

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There is something very finite about placing a frame around an artwork. The frame gives a border to an artwork, a space between what is real and what is not real. A window to the soul, the setting of a jewel. Up until the Abstract Expressionists did away with them, possibly due to it's old world thinking and the need for a new vernacular. Artworks became a frame-less portal on the wall.

Finding a little treasure like this brass frame in a second hand store is nothing short of a magical adventure, a step back in time. A collector has asked me to create a frame for her painting, wether to create a digital piece which reflects our time, or to create a traditional one by hand because in an age of 3d maybe it is creating a statement to rebel and make somehing

 

It gives the painting a different context, as did placing a cloud within a box as with my previous series Keepsake of a Cloud.

'Like thoughts inside of a dream'
(Softly into the twilight of night)
Oil on wood in vintage frame.
30x15cm
$225

along the road of dreams

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Commission in progress, 'along the road of dreams'. The inspiration for this piece is again capturing a painting that feels like a recollection or memory. Giving dream like qualities to the paint texture and sunrise colours.

Morning light is unlike any other light during the day, both symbolically and literally. The prospects of a new day, a new dawn, a chance to try again. This painting, like a lot of others, chooses when it wants to show up. Some days that energy of the muse is there and others she's away on holidays. Those days are great for reading and sketching ideas. This one sort of appeared on her own, at times it really does feel like you are a vessel for something other than yourself, and you are the transcriber. A client had asked for a particular painting that has already sold, while recreating it and struggling to render the same painting, this one decided to show up. Also on my mind and of great influence is the recent film Blade Runner 2049.  As a huge fan of the original movie, Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, is now part of an epic saga with Blade Runner 2049, a masterpiece after its predecessor. Upon a second viewing it was a visually stunning sequel that adds amazing depth and questions to the original story line. The original film score by Vangelis, which is totally incredible and sets the tone for the whole world, is somehow still retained. The cinematography brings a contemporary but similar visual brilliance as seen in the first film. Staying true to the book and the thread of truth that a life is still a life, replicant or human. It is our humanity and empathy that is in question. Memories and recollections, a theme that recurs in my work.

Oil on canvas. 1000x400 mm

golden reverie

golden reverie

Latest painting, fresh off the easel. A 'golden reverie' on the face of the water. Water is a wonderful metaphor for emotions. The play of light, on the edge of realism and abstraction, this series seeks to evoke the movement of light, fractured light. Taking off from impressionism and Monets Water Lilly series, this series seeks to capture a slight digital artifact, the fracture painting technique I'm developing with the oil paint, captures a memory of golden sunlight reflected on the waters surface, a gentle breeze, sparkling light.
Impressionistic pixelism.

Solo Exhibition

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Such a fabulous Solo Exhibition Opening  Thank you to all you peeps that made it out to celebrate, support and share this special evening of art and delicious food and drinks at Cafe Polo Gallery. Curated by the incredible artist Lynne Sandri Photos thanks to Maria Shadbolt
Shows on until the 14th of May, pop in and have a visual and culinary treat.

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canvas200 NZAFA

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The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Wellington has its annual Canvas200. Come and see works contributed by established New Zealand Artists to add to your collection.

5:30 Thursday the 21st of March, tickets can be purchased at office@nzafa.com.
Randomly numbered artworks will be gifted according to the number on your ticket.
http://www.nzafa.com/web/canvas200

"The refusal of nature". Oil on wood.

http://www.nzafa.com/web/canvas200-0

virtual reality

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New beginnings, new ideas, new content and themes. The start of an idea that has whirled around in my head for a good few years. My new series is focusing on the figure. In particular motion of the figure

through photographic image capture.  Nothing new to the world of fine arts, but definitely well worth exploring as it relates to our times, a snapshot of our time. We live in an age of digital manipulation, virtual reality, 3d immersive content, a world that is always in flux, transient, in motion. This series is seeking to explore that. Watching my children enter this

age brings about many experiences for them and myself as an observer, that are very different to my own childhood. So here begins "illustion of time". This series will be part of my Solo show

in May, along with a collection of transient Cloud paintings from the past year.

Belinda Griffiths : Solo Exhibition

1st of May, Cafe Polo, 6:30pm

NZ Academy of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition

Belinda Griffiths latest exhibition news. Wall sculpture ready for the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition.


The face of the ocean, etched by the wind, it's patterns and muted tones carved into wood.An organic, swirling dramatic ocean that binds us to the land. These intimate sized wall pieces, in subtle and naturalistic colors, you have the sense of a piece of the ocean stopped in a moment of time. Evoking memories of the seaside and the colossal unharnessed power of nature. A new technology has been developed in collaboration with my husband to bring these amazing works.

New Series Fractured Light

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"Abstract art has shown that the qualities of line and shape, proportion and colour convey meaning directly without the use of words or pictorial representation. Drawn lines and marks can be expressive without any association with a representational image."

Abstract Impressionism, these words, for all they can represent, feel like a good description for  where my practice is currently heading. This current body of work, Fractured Light, is exploring light and reflection, billowing clouds, a fleeting glimpse of dappled light, a dissolving reflection of the sea, memories of the elementary with a hint of the digital. A visual language, deriving from Cy Twombly and his predecessor Claude Monet, his love of light and motion. A new technique has been developed over the last two years, that represents a memory, as opposed to a literal interpretation of reality. It is definitely in keeping with my practice, of crossing the bridge of both traditional and contemporary. Here are a few pieces, which is a culmination of the last three years, developing a style, a language to communicate color, motion and content.