LINDA BIGNESS

Artist Statement
About the work created for the White Works Plus exhibit at the Diana Felber Gallery. Over many years of creating art I have always considered myself to be a colorist; someone who sees color as the holy grail of art and lavishes her canvases with rich luscious tones of mauves, yellows, blues, and reds. About ten years ago I became interested in the medium of encaustic and learned very quickly that the heated molten wax reacted quite differently to my extravagant use of color. Therefore, my work in encaustic became more about the whites and the natural honey color of beeswax. Bright color became less important in my creative process. As I created these pieces I was subconsciously aware of how the lack of color played into my awareness of the physical differences in humankind and how color, various shades of skin, creates anti-social behavior in our society. Playing with these ideas of one color dominating another I created work that makes a social statement and blends the shades to allow the differences to become more familiar with one another. The profound difference is how simi-lar the colors are in the way they complement one another to create a unified existence. Linda Bigness 2017

 ridge dance | encaustic | 12" x 48"

ridge dance | encaustic | 12" x 48"

 RIDGE GATHERING | encaustic | 12"x 48"

RIDGE GATHERING | encaustic | 12"x 48"

Bio
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 no-table 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.
Her exhibit history includes the Everson Museum of Art, the European Arts Embassy© the Stichting (Foundation) in The Netherlands, Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Porter Contemporary Gal-lery, NYC, and the Yager Museum of Art and Culture. In addition, Bigness’ large scale paintings are often selected and commissioned for corporate and residential clients, including the Turning Stone Re-sort, Merrill Lynch Corporation, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, and Bausch and Lomb.
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 Revis-ited,” a reflection upon her extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe.