Ink on Paper
10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
BIO: Joan Linder lives and works in Buffalo, NY. She has shown at many notable venues including The Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT; Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; The Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC; Diverse Works, Houston, TX; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Bronx Museum, NY; and Beaver Projects, Copenhagen. Prestigious awards include a Smack Mellon residency, a Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grant, a MacDowell residency, the National Foundation of Jewish Culture’s Ronnie Hayman Award, and a Pollack Krasner grant. Recently, she completed a permanent installation at the 71st Street Station in Brooklyn, NY, for the MTA. www.joanlinder.com.
STATEMENT: In culture hyper-saturated by electronic imagery, I use the traditional materials of a quill pen and a bottle of ink to create large-scale images that persist in exploring and claiming the sub-technological process of observation and mark making. In my recent work, I am creating life-size representation of figures and objects. The sleight or sloppiness of hand creates an awkward and intimate surface, which is compounded by the definitive and energized process of cross-hatching. My subjects include the banality of mass produced domestic artifacts; the politics of war; sexual identity and power; and the beauty disclosed in the close scrutiny of natural and man made structures. This diversity of subject matter is a critical element in my attempt to express the complexity and variety of contemporary life.