Linda Gordon is an environmental artist, living in North Devon, England. She has carried out many installations, exhibitions and environmental projects both in UK and overseas.

Linda moved to Devon in 2006, following a year-long artist’s residency in rural Northumberland. Wherever she may be, whether working indoors or out, her focus has always been upon the Earth, life’s endless processes of change and transformation – and our whole relationship with what we label: ‘the natural environment’.

Her practice explores notions of ‘place’, and our real identity as an integral part of nature. It is based mainly on site-specific sculptural installation – sometimes large-scale, sometimes small short-lived works or performance. Local recycled and earth materials are of vital importance, of course – supported by other media: writing and photography being the most prominent.

With ever-growing awareness of the effects of human behaviour in the world, her practice has become increasingly characterised by small ephemeral works in the landscape, both as a way of connecting and communicating, and of marking points of transformation.

Alongside this, collaborations and conversations with artists in other parts of the world, both online and off, are playing an increasing part in her practice. She also writes, blogs and has an online presence as THROUGHSTONES.

Linda is keenly aware of the physical and mental benefits and sense of well-being to be gained from creative activity in nature. She enjoys running low-key community activities related to a particular location – taking an increasingly wide-ranging approach to work, whilst remaining focused on the interaction between arts, environment and community.

She aims to find a harmonious balance between all aspects of life, and has preferred to allow her work as an artist to evolve naturally, rather than follow any prescribed career structure.

 

ART EDUCATION
2009 – 2010: MA Arts & Ecology. University College, Falmouth, at Dartington College of Arts.

1989 – 1992: BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture). University of Brighton. Also studied at Kunstakademi, Bergen, Norway.

1987 – 1989: Diploma in Art & Design Studies (Specialising in sculpture and photography). Sir John Cass College of Art(London Met University), London.

Previous career in art teaching and professional pottery.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, INSTALLATIONS, LAND WORKS and EVENTS

2010 – 2019 – Essential Nature Walking Art Workshops (Ongoing …) Founder/ organiser. First year (2010/11) supported by North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund.

2017 Aug – artist-in-residence, Doddington Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire.

2016 Dartmoor National Park, co-leader for land art event. (Campaign for National Parks).

2015 – 2019 – Land Art Works in Bucks Valley Woods. Devon, UK  (Ongoing…) Woodland Trust.

2014 – LINE AND SPIRAL – Extensive participatory land work. For Les Phonies Bergeres, Festival of the Arts, Hautes Pyrenees, France.

2013 Oct-Nov – OPEN SPACES – group exhibition, Mottisfont Abbey, Wiltshire.

2012 July – RESTING PLACE – International Landart Festival, Lubartow-Koztowka, Poland.

2012 Jun – HERE AND THERE, collaborative cross-Atlantic labyrinth event, linked online. For ‘The Home and the World’, Creative Summit, Dartington, Devon.

2009 Aug – Solo exhibition, Geumgang Nature-Art Centre, Korea.

2009 May – SKYSTONES – Outdoor stone installation. Tapeley Park, North Devon (solo). Previously exhibited at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon (‘North Devon Open Art Show’, Jan-Mar 2009).

2008 Jun – EARTH DREAMING – Facilitator: participatory circular installation of small stones. Dia 3 metres. Appledore Visual Arts Festival. Commissioned by North Devon Arts.

2007 Sep – FLIGHTS OF FANCY – Large-scale suspended installation in 70ft. barn – for Devon Art Works.

2007 Jun – THE SKERN – tidal spiral earthwork. For Appledore Visual Arts Festival, Devon.

2007 Jan – MYTH OF PLACE – Suspended installation. The Ox Warehouse Gallery, Macao, China.

2006 Sep – I AM HERE NOW – Extensive solo exhibition at Highgreen, Northumberland – for VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities). Consisted of a number of large-scale installations and sculpture in fields and barns. Further details available on request.

2005 July – OVERLAY – paving slabs in a woodland setting, covered with images of local trees. 4 metres square. Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail, West Yorkshire.

2005 May – ASCENSION – flying bird of slate, assembled in a mountainside field. Dia. 5metres. Lezarts en Adret, Savoie, France.

2004 Aug – FLOATING ISLANDS – pond, 2 x 2 metres, cut into lawn, filled with b/w images sealed to foam rubber discs. Made during ‘Hidden Dimensions’ international artists symposium, Milton Keynes.

2004 Jul – WHERRY – an earth maze based on the design of a traditional Norfolk wherry. Length 54 ft., width 15ft. Includes 80 images of local surroundings. Langley Staithe, Norfolk. Commissioned by South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council.

2004 Jun – LES LIGNES SALINES – three trenches cut in grass, the longest being 10.5 metres. Trenches filled with sealed b/w laser images of the local architecture, especially that of the nearby mediaeval salt mines. For ‘Les Doigts d’Art’, Salins les Bains, France.

2003 Jul – EARTH WALK – a labyrinthine form, 10m.diameter, of sand and white quartz. People were invited to walk around the piece, carrying a small white stone, which they deposited on a central quartz cairn. Chantiers d’Arts, Cunlhat, France.

2002 Nov – KAMIYAMA SPIRAL – Spiral of unique local stone, bearing permanently sealed images. Sited in a mountain field overlooking the town of Kamiyama. Approx 15m dia. Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. Supported by Kamiyama Artist-in-Residence Programme.

2002 Aug – HIGH TIDE-LOW TIDE – site-specific installation. Around 80 suspended paper seagull shapes, each approx. 1m wide. Area of installation: approx. 9m x 3m. Chapel Arts Centre, Newhaven, Sussex. (Two person).

2000 May – CELEBRATING GREEN SPACES – foil-wrapped twigs laid around trees on circular beds of shredded bark. Commission for temporary artwork in a city park, for Environment Week. Q-ARTS, Derby.

2000 Jan – VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR – Showing two large wall and floor pieces, utilising chalk boulders,photocopies, parquet flooring and laser prints. Exhibition included lectures and a sound performance. (Self-initiated, two person show). Phoenix Gallery, Brighton.

 

SELECTED RESIDENCIES
2009 Aug: Artist-in-Residence for Korean Nature-Art Association YATOO, Wongol, Korea
Sept 2005 – Sept 2006:  Artist-in-Residence, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC). Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland.
2004 Jul/Aug:    Sculpting Summer: Southern Broads, Norfolk. (South Norfolk Council and Norfolk District Council).
2002 Oct -Nov:   Kamiyama Artist-in-Residence (KAIR). Kamiyama, Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan.
2000 Jul – Sep:  Year of the Artist Residency: Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex.

OTHER AWARDS
2010   AONB Sustainable Development Grant:  for public art-walking event.
2009   Arts Council England –  Grants for the Arts
2003   The Elephant Trust – Grant for solo exhibition.
2002   Arts Council England – Award for research and development in Japan.
2000   For Year of the Artist Residency – Arts Council England, Forestry Commission, South Wealden District Council, Seven Sisters Country Park, Sussex.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

2009 UK-JAPAN Artists Exchange Group Exhibition – The Lennox Gallery, London.
2008 The Great Purpose of Landscape Art… The Art Pavilion,
Mile End, London.
2007 Myth of Place – Nolia’s Gallery, London
and The Ox Warehouse Gallery, Macao, China
2006 Winter Wonderland – the Artworks Galleries,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Beaford Arts Open, touring Devon
Lecht Ski Centre, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland.
Leeds General Infirmary (curated by ‘The Art House’ )
2005 Earth Works Now – an international biennial exhibition of contemporary Earth Works. California, USA.