Grilikhes continues her exploration into the intersection of the world as it is observed, and the world as it is felt. In Paintings and Drawings, 2016, Grilikhes explores and heightens the realm of the ordinary, revealing subtle yet surprising relationships of space, form, color and time. The work on display depicts what is present but also what is not possible to see directly – the breeze that moves a curtain, the partnering of gravity and humidity as they force the curl of a piece of paper- thereby acknowledging the unknown in the most ordinary of moments. In its order and clarity of space, her work shows the influence of artists as varied as Diebenkorn, Piero, and Vermeer. Her carefully balanced compositions and controlled color shifts bring the eye to rest on a simple object like a water bottle, while the world slows to a halt around it, transforming the mundane into the mysterious. Each piece draws us closer to see what other secrets may be revealed.
“Ah, I did cast my net into their sea, and meant to catch good fish; but always did I draw up the head of some ancient god.” Nietzsche
Grilikhes, a native New Yorker, graduated from Pratt Institute and earned an MFA at Brooklyn College, where she studied with Philip Pearlstein. She has taught painting, anatomy, and drawing at Brooklyn College, Vassar College, the School of Visual Arts, and Sarah Lawrence.