To be perfectly honest, I would have to say that a concern with Metaphysics, that “wide-ranging topic covering a lot of philosophical questions about the universe and our place in it” is the thing that drives the majority of my artistic endeavours. And how does my art practice aid me in understanding the meaning of life? Well, It has been said that new form and new ideas emerge in the process of making art. I have found this to be true. For me, the experience of the invisible being made known in the context of making art is akin to turning the light on in a dark room. In the moment when that happens to me, my hope is always to be confronted not only by truth but also by beauty.
As an independent research artist, a central aspect of my practice involves studying the psychological, social, physical, or other pertinent aspects of the subject I wish to explore in an art project. This may involve documenting observations, examining statistics, or making detailed drawings. In my most recent project, “The Winter Garden” for instance, I pick bits and pieces of foliage out of the snow covered landscape and then create a personal graphic language from the lines, shapes, and leaves I collect. This information I then playfully translate into drawings using memory and imagination in the process. For other projects, like my contemporary figure research study for instance, I may take a more serious, scientific or labor-intensive approach. The important aspect of whatever project or approach I choose is to achieve my goal, which is to learn something.
Since graduation in 2011, Linda has been busy developing a contemporary figure drawing approach. In 2018, she received a Calgary Arts Development Small Experiments Grant in support of her research project “Bones Muscles Skin: Drawing the Classical Contemporary Figure.”
Funding enabled her to study the suitability and potential of masking tape as a contemporary form of media.
The process of using masking tape, saran wrap and wire to make 3-dimensional life-size anatomically precise figurative forms is work intensive and demands a detailed knowledge of anatomy. Thus, Linda spends much time in studio drawing and making body structures.