The circle has no beginning and no end, it contains within and expands outward, it is timeless and universal. The circle, spiral, sphere is present in all civilizations, found in primitive tribal markings, employed in children's games. As a shape, the circle is visually pleasing and subliminally satisfying. Trippe employs the circle motif to awaken our innate series of referencing.
When viewing these highly colourful works we find what we are searching for, on the surface of the painting and within our own self. The Soul in Land series offers works of thick rich oil medium layered in broad slabs of high key colour, then etched into with delicate linear markings. We tend to interpret the yellow circle as the sun yet with a side step in thought, it can be seen as a door leading from chaos to our own centre of peace.
Many paintings employ a variety of mixed media and collage that compliment the non-figurative flow of suggestions. For example in a few works the addition of unimportant discards such as bottle tops or buttons, and cut pieces of card or gold paper, seem to validate them as worthwhile objects that contribute to the whole. After all isn't the universe made from cosmic detritus?
As pleasing and exciting as the textural paintings are, the ink drawings too offer highly satisfying viewing, if for different reasons. Meditations on the Circle I is like a visual mantra. A measured cadence can be found in the grids of small circles at the top and bottom of the composition. They seem to hold in check the central circle that practically pulsates with a want to expand. It is quite meditative despite the collection of spontaneous mark making.
But it's not for me to interpret Trippe's art. This exhibition should be seen and engaged with, as each viewer plays the imagery against his or her own soul system. All I can say is that it provides a rewarding experience.
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