“Seeking the Numinous” Juried into National Publication

Update:  “Seeking the Numinous” oil on linen is now in a private collection in Rochester, NY.  Recently it was selected for inclusion in a Literary Magazine:  “The Write Place at the Write Time” Spring Issue.

Nicole M. Bouchard, Member NLAPW


The Write Place at the Write Time


Seeking the Numinous oil on canvas 36x36"
Seeking the Numinous oil on canvas 36×36″

Photo: "Seeking the Numinous" (2013) oil on linen, 36 X 36", juried for inclusion in the National, "Stories We Tell", Catalog Publication; curated by Karen Gutfreund and sponsored by the National Women's Caucus for Art, NYC.

“Seeking the Numinous” (2013) oil on linen, 36 X 36″,  juried for
inclusion in the National, “Stories We Tell”, Catalog Publication;
curated by Karen Gutfreund and sponsored by the National Women’s Caucus
for Art, NYC.

The above work is part of a series, following is a brief statement about the work.

“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 through the calligraphic line drawn 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.”

Linda Bigness (excerpt from Artist Statements and Painting Process) c. 2013

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Linda Bigness is an internationally exhibited artist who maintains a gallery/studio in Syracuse, New York. Her work has been exhibited in several prestigious solo and group shows that have involved notable jurors such as art critic Clement Greenberg, Ivan Karp, director of OK Harris Gallery in NYC, and Tom Piche, director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, Bigness’ large scale paintings are often selected and commissioned for corporate and residential clients, including the Turning Stone Resort, Merrill Lynch Corporation, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, and Bausch and Lomb. She continues to exhibit professionally at several venues with artwork featured frequently at the Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY. Presently she is working on her latest book and exhibition about abstract art and the contemporary processes used by working artists today. Part of the research for this book is taken from the workshops she teaches and her oil painting and mixed media collage experience. For over 30 years Bigness has used her expertise to share with others the unique beauty and processes of her chosen medium through writing, teaching and professional exhibits. Her first book “Paint It, Tear It, Create It” offered the reader insight into visual abstract thinking through the process of collage into painting. She continues to explore the abstract through surface manipulation using encaustics and oil and is currently working on a new series, the “Journey Stones Revisited,” a reflection upon her extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe.

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