Belinda Bryce is a process painter who works intuitively. An unapologetic formalist, she pares down color and simplifies shapes and composition to the fundamentals of line, gesture, form and texture nestled within layers of staining, glazing, mark-making, and drawing. The process is a constant dialogue of addition and subtraction among the formal qualities of abstract painting and gestural drawing, the dance of the maker and the media. Bryce is inspired by nature, its colors, textures, shapes, and the play of light and dark. She is interested in creating balance with a visual language that conveys simplicity, complexity, and mystery.
The content of Bryce's art works against interpretation. She is a “celebrant of the indeterminate.” In Susan Sontag’s words, “To interpret is to impoverish.” Instead Bryce needs room to roam and often gets lost in the unconfined freedom she so values. The resulting images are related, maybe two or three suggest a brief series, but the work as a whole is more a traveler’s diary of exploration, digression, and the indirect process of becoming then going beyond—a map of getting lost.