8 – 10 pm MAY 3, 2013
Juried Art Exhibit and Festive Opening reception featuring the Bells and Motley Early Music Consort – Sondra and John Bromka
Seeking the Numinous oil on canvas 2013 36 X 36″ copyright Linda Bigness
In creating these works I sought to reveal cultural awareness and meaning as interpreted through the experience of seeing. The abstractness of the paintings invites the viewer to seek meaning within the surface. These abstract works embody the richness and tapestry of displaced cultures crossing borders and intertwining their lives into other lands. Abstraction of color and line embodies the whole rather than singling out one culture from another. By employing abstraction I was able to create a textile appearance with rich color and line to represent the psychological challenges that displaced peoples encounter when entering into unfamiliar surroundings. The textile appearance also represents the importance of clothing to cultural identify. By intermixing universal symbolism into the surfaces I strive to create a shared language that symbolizes the strength of these people to survive and continue their lives without losing their inherent culture.