Truth hurts. Since 2008 van der Grijn has been working on the subject of death. Her practice deals with unraveling the complexities associated around the culture of death and reconstructed memory, researching the myth of repressed memory, re-imagining and process all become part her narrative, understanding the rational, social and emotional circumstances that become constructed around memory and time. RECONSTRUCTED MEMORY (2016). The process of her studio practice is multifaceted. This is demonstrated through painting, film, installation, sculpture, audio and writing, which all deal with the reconstruction of time + memory. Fact and fiction. A construct rather than a deconstruct.
In JUMP (2018) van der Grijn asks what are the memories between the transitional period of jumping + hitting the water when life becomes momentarily suspended. When viewed from our typical perspective of being within and perceiving the world according to linear time, the period of a jump, between the precipitation of the action and the landing, the splash, happens in an instant; and from this perspective, not much can ‘happen’ in an instant. This is the effect of forgetting that linear time is a projection, a construct that the mind creates to make it possible to self-identify and exist in the world.
This is the paradox at the foundation of the experience of being in the world: the need to deny ontological reality to self-identify and to exist, juxtaposed with the deep yearning to know the truth of this ontological reality so as to know the whole truth, the truth of our essential being.
Cléa van der Grijn (b. 1967 Ireland) is a visual artist, film maker and writer based in Sligo. After graduating with first class honours from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, van der Grijn presented more than 25 solos exhibitions and 40 group shows nationally and internationally. Van der Grijn, employs various media, including site-specific installation, experimental film, large format photography, collaborative projects, sculpture, drawing and painting. She travels extensively and has lived in Italy and Mexico with her young family, researching the relationship between emotional time and measured time, and the concept of memory and time through the culture of death. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY was presented as a major experiential installation and film for The Model, Sligo, in 2016. Limerick City Gallery 2017 and Rochester museum, Minnissota USA 2017. Van der Grijns international award winning film JUMP (2018), has been screened nationally, in Europe and the USA. The JUMP project (film/neon/architectural POD + paintings) toured Ireland for 9 months consecutively in five venues ; 2018/19 and was made possible with a major Arts Council touring award.