Rising Tide is a cabinet of ash wood that houses Belinda’s seven-panel wrap around painting of undulating waves and a concertina artist book. Belinda and Wilfred state: “This work is all about the surprise of the interior space. It is a true reflection of the crashing anxieties, the uneasiness abound and a deep desire to harness the chaos and find the strength required to endure”. The cabinets design echoes the grand triptychs of Dutch and Flemish painter’s, such as Maerten de Vos, Hieronymus Boschand Lucas van Leyden. In these designs, the triptychs panels were hinged creating new thresholds that expanded narratives. The panels also served a practical function, folding inward to close off and protect the painting. Similarly, the physical structure of Rising Tide cradles its painting – it can be opened and observed, or closed off and sheltered. Like Belinda’s earlier work Swell the painting in this piece creates movement. It captures what Belinda describes as a moment of “free-fall” – a moment to surrender to the unknown.
The duo Belinda Fox and Wilfred explored ideas, challenging and expanding each other’s practice. For Close to Home, they have created two pieces, Rising Tide (2020) and Resilience (2020).