Linda Pieters Artist North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I graduated as a very mature student from Leeds College of Art in 2018 with a 1st Class in Fine Art Honours. My work centres around figuration But aligns to a degree of abstraction in that my figures are not wholly defined but do have an identity and relationship to each other. This degree of ambiguity leaves space for the viewer to allow their own interpretation.
Pareidolia influences my process and in turn defines my individuality. " The perception of apparently significant patterns or recognisable images, especially faces, in random or accidental arrangements of shapes and lines. ( Oxford Dictionary ) When I start my paintings I do not have any preconceived ideas, but begin with acrylic paints and make random marks with different sized brushes and palette knives. Letting the paint partially dry I the wash off and this leaves interesting marks which I then clarify and reconfigure using oil paints. Images from my past lie dormant and reappear years later and influence my work. This is why I describe my process as painting from the library of the subconscious. I am interested in people, their social relationships and the spaces they occupy. This has led to an interest in social isolation and loneliness. My future plans include a project on exploring these issues. I am also interested in empowerment through art and workshops for the non artist, working with various groups being the unemployed 18 - 24 year olds, the immigrant population and the isolated.