About Floor in 't Veld
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Floor in ’t Veld paints pictures that sing. Her melody is the colour, her rhythm is the shape. She paints beyond the boundaries. She stretches the imagination. You begin to see things in the deep of her paintings that never did exist.
She is crouched on all fours, or sometimes kneeling, sometimes standing up and observing, watching, thinking, waiting, planning, analysing, dreaming.
Like Jackson Pollock she paints the canvasses laid flat out horizontal. She says she agrees with Pollock that this gives her the feeling of being ‘in’ the painting, not just working ‘on’ it. She is crouched on all fours, or sometimes kneeling, sometimes standing up and observing, watching, thinking, waiting, planning, analysing, dreaming.
In ‘t Veld uses colour, form, line and space to create transcendental paintings that are timeless, contemplative, unearthly and otherworldly. Very often she paints over the abstract image she has created using cut-out shapes of paper and card, to conceal and protect segments of pattern underneath. When she peels off the cut out shape the contrast between the rescued pattern and the space between the patterns, communicates the interdependence of form and space, the interplay of matter and light. The patterns form interzones that focus our perception into a tight squeeze, signalling the being to relax the mind, to let go of our search for meaning and certainty, and instead to dissolve thinking in the ignorance and infinity of mindless, transcendent awareness, to contemplate the painting as a whole, without seeking, just being.
Mark Rothko, a principal influence on In’ t Veld said ‘I paint big to be intimate’, and this we feel applies to In ‘t Veld’s work. We are pulled into the painting, and invited to be engulfed in its size, captivated by its beauty and then maybe to escape by wandering the pathways of colour or by losing ourselves in the space between.
Rothko also said: ‘A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience’. To contemplate In ‘t Veld’s paintings is akin to meditation. Like a Buddhist Thangka In ‘t Veld’s paintings convey elegance, profundity, clarity and beauty. As we gaze into her abstracted universe of dynamic, shifting shape of colour, form and direction we are initiated into the Mystery of life, of death, the luxury of dissolution in the Indefinable. Our contemplation is beginningless and endless.