Seib’s paintings are like bittersweet harmonies of colour in which hues are attuned to feelings. They express an air of tenderness, somewhere unhurried and pleasant, but oddly imbued with regret. Girls, one of Seib’s most recent works, captures this peculiar mix of emotions that is quite hard to pin down. Typically, the story depicted here seems non finito, left for our imagination to complete. The setting is unclear: is this an interior or a street scene? The 326 number on the upper left corner hints at the latter; but the floorboards could just as well be those of a studio. The story’s enigma can be pieced together in these kinds of details, and effectively, we look at Seib’s painting with a detective’s eye, picking out clues to reconstruct the jigsaw here.
A man standing against a pale pink wall is facing us, returning our gaze quite unsurprised. His posture itself oozes nonchalance: left leg leaning up against the wall, hands in his pockets, casual clothing that fits his laid-back pose. Still, his carefree attitude is tinged with sadness, he appears content but perhaps there is more. Seib toys with this voyeuristic idea: we can suppose that we have just entered this room or place and interrupted the man as he was working on the drawing beside him on the wall. The ‘in medias res’ effect adds an element of drama, positioning us as spectators peering through the keyhole. Seib’s practice indeed gravitates around spontaneity and intrigue.