Artist born in the Philippine Islands, Belle Roth presents Singapore AM 1.3, a multisensory work that transports us to another universe, parallel to the one in which we find ourselves. The strong and bright colors, typical of abstract expressionism, are the bearers of a clear and decisive message that wants to attract the viewer’s attention. With a strong abstract influence, the artist interacts with the material in a functional way, creating a chromatic map with a free pattern, which reflects the values of her thought with simplicity and determination, linked for example to the defense of social equality and respect.
The essential taste and the material presence of her works refer in part to the works of Jackson Pollock, father of abstract expressionism and of action painting. The sense of freedom and expressiveness present in Pollock’s works undergo a change in this case. The interpretation that the artist makes of it is a socially engaged reading, impregnated with those nuances and social beliefs that still characterize many international countries in today’s reality. By carefully observing the work, we understand how the painting consists of a triple scheme of chromatic coverage, in which we see on the first surface some bright spots of color with an expressionist taste. On the second surface a more rigid constructive scheme, created by the red pictorial material which is juxtaposed in an absolutely rational way, as if it respected an urban architecture.
So far it is clear the artist’s intention of wanting to express a condition of restriction, compression, social regulation given by the red color that, impetuous, imprisons the chromatic vastness of the foreground. Finally, the composition converges in the artist’s signature, a blue spot which, as in the most beautiful fairy tales, is the brave protagonist outside the box.
Review by :
Alessia di Martino
MADS Gallery - Milan, Italy
Dec 4-18, 2020
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