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Linda Mitchell

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

The current mixed media paintings and installations are populated by animals-both real and imagined. In these narrative works, the animals become surrogates for human beings and their emotional lives. Some speak directly to the child within and the vulnerable, delicate places of the viewer’s own past.

The highly textured pieces are made with painted and photographic images, fabric, wood, glass, and found objects. They coalesce into intricate and surreal scenes, reflecting life’s emotional complexity. Poetic meaning emerges from the broken, the castoff, the unassuming. Ephemeral, unexpected beauty is embodied in images of flowers, bubbles, and autumn leaves. African animals, emissaries from the ever-vanishing natural world, often appear in the paintings.

By working intuitively, the artist layers materials, images, and dream-like scenarios. They often end up expressing aspects of her life, reflections of her inner world,and concerns for social equality and global survival.

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