Drawing from her virtuosic skills as a former Master Printer and informed by extensive travels, Belinda Fox creates meticulous works centred on the duality of human experience. Working in painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, the artist responds to the strains of conflict endemic to contemporary human experience.
Notions of survival materialise in ‘Tapestry’ as Fox examines the volatility of our era. Currently based in The Hague, The Netherlands, the artist presents us with a new chapter in her practice informed by a global perspective. The show expands upon humanitarian concerns surrounding the refugee crisis recently raised in Fox’s multi-media installation ‘Tilt’ at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, collaboratively created with Neville French. In harrowing moments frozen in time, thin veils of watercolour render tempestuous waves while faint, faceless figures scramble up sinking ships like already-forgotten presences washed away from collective memory. Meanwhile, poppies bloom in remembrance and seagulls watch on, witnesses to humanity’s failures and resilience and supreme adaptors to an increasingly unstable environment. Fragments from previous paintings and pages from historical documents are collaged throughout the works in a patchwork of personal and political history. In her search for balance and harmony, Fox invokes the precarious line that divides hope and despair, empathy and cruelty, beauty and decay.
Belinda Fox has forged an international career showing in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Jakarta and now in Europe. She has received several notable awards and residencies including a sculpture project with Urban Arts Projects (UAP) in Shanghai, printmaking residencies at C.A.P Studios, Thailand and Skopelos, Greece. Her work is held in major collections including AGNSW, NGV, NGA, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, QUT Art Museum, Artbank, Fremantle Arts Centre, Print Council Of Australia, Swan Hill Regional Gallery and Wollongong University. In 2016 a monograph of Fox’s practice was published by Goff editions, USA, titled Back to the Start.