Linda Stillman is an artist who works in various media, investigating concepts of time, memory and nature. She works in her studios in New York City and Columbia County, NY. Stillman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the School of Visual Arts and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Mark program, the Wave Hill Winter Workspace and The Studios at Mass MoCA. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the country, including the Hunter College Art Galleries, the Brooklyn Museum and the Dorsky Museum. Stillman's art work has been reviewed in numerous publications and blogs and is included in many private and public collections.
I focus on time, memory and nature, working in various media. Of particular interest to me are everyday, often meaningless or overlooked objects and fleeting moments of experience. My work concerns the ways in which they are collected, preserved and remembered.
In my “Daily Skies” project, I paint or draw a small image of the sky each day in an ongoing series, started in August 2005, and continuing indefinitely. The section of the sky is based on one pane of my studio window, so no matter where I am, I picture the same shape and angle. The difficulty of capturing the luminous and fast changing colors of the sky and formations of clouds is a never-ending challenge. Each year I change the process a bit: use different art materials and arrange the images in different ways.
My flower stain drawings focus on the passage of time in nature: how plants grow and die and how we try to preserve the memory of their beauty. These drawings are made from flower petals, rubbed onto paper, creating traces of their ephemeral color while containing small remnants of the flowers. Many record what is flowering in my gardens in upstate NY and become a kind of diary or scrapbook. I am inspired by art forms like color charts, minimal art and folk art. Sometimes I add a small area of paint or color pencil to give a benchmark of the color for comparison as the plant pigment inevitably fades, a process I embrace.
Other former and ongoing work involve installations, photography, collage as well as collaborative art projects. All share my interests in our relationship with nature and capturing the everyday and reflect a similar pared down aesthetic.
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