With the recent paintings I have been thinking of the work of Samuel Beckett, especially his two-character plays. The notion of an “inescapable relationship” locked in a closed space gave rise to the Vex’d Sea series.
The indoor space contains two animate/inanimate objects through which I have been playing with themes of gender, sex, comedy and the absurd. For Beckett the contained space mirrored the head, the stage set of the play, Endgame for example, was representative of the interior of a skull. Similarly, for these paintings their interior spaces could be seen as internal and the characters as aspects of the self.
G. L. Brierley has a solo show in Berlin at Feldbusch Wiesner Gallery from 17 September – 24 October 2015.
G. L. Brierley lives and works in London and is represented in Germany by FeldbuschWiesner.