Cléa van der Grijn still from JUMP 2018


Medb Ruane reflects on Cléa van der Grijn’s visual treatise on loss and mourning on view at Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

Four neon letters on the wall leading to Cléa van der Grijn’s touring exhibition of paintings and film spell out the word ‘Jump’. Part lure, part command, it might be urging a passage to an act from which there is no return. The act is death, here the fictional death on film1 of a maiden dressed in white who will walk along a concrete pier, look at the lake waters into which it leads and jump. Paintings present images as surfaces and depths of the lake where the fictional young woman’s life may end. One shows a graceful hand drifting over virgin blues; another, a limp foot receding from view.

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