Artist Statement

I use acrylic paint to make abstract, biomorphic images that reference the environment. I build up layers and switch between analogue and digital tools as the work evolves. I often paint on canvas, but the substrate can change and I’m not wedded to frames or walls. Figure-ground relationships push and pull the eye through space and time. Ambiguity is a fun edge to play on. I think of myself as a new wave AbEx artist. Influences include Len Lye and Amy Sillman.

There is that moment - sometimes subtle, quiet and unannounced, at other times bold and clear - when the image declares itself. I call it the ‘big reveal’ and it makes me tingle. There is no logic, this painting process is visceral.

Climate change is on my mind and its political. But lately I’ve been wondering if the political can also be personal. I'm thinking about the role that metaphors have and what it means to be authentic. How exactly am I expressing my truth? How does my own vulnerability show up in my practice? This has led me to investigate ideas around epigenetics and the anthropocene - ways humans impact the environment and in turn how the environment impacts humans.

© Linda Gilbert 2019

© Linda Gilbert 2019