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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