Focusing on painting as a space of exploration, Belgium native, Raphaëlle Goethals has used wax and resin as her signature medium for the past fifteen years. Probing the physicality of the materials, Goethals works in a process of layering, pouring, scraping, and effacing; leaving traces of earlier information, all of this eliciting from the viewer a continuous shifting in the perception of forms.
While her “Lumens” series started in the late nineties alluded to the intimate relationship between body and text, in the last few years Goethals began to focus on an increasingly distilled process, emptying her sensuous surfaces from anything narrative, descriptive, or anecdotal; aiming for a clarity of thought, and continuing a dialogue with the fundamental nature of light and space. At the intersection of the intuitive, and the decisive, these paintings celebrate uncertainty and flux.
Ultimately, these paintings are massively silent.