Reverence and Nostalgia: Art by Linda Finn
Linda Finn is an Ontario-based artist and painter. The artist’s prolific art practice spans printmaking, acrylic painting, bookmaking, and sculptural assemblage, with a sense of reverence and nostalgia for the Ontario landscape running through the works as a common theme.
I really enjoy Linda’s printmaking works -- in her series Memory of Water she takes a quiet, abstracted approach to water imagery, combining hazy, fragmented photographs of bodies under placid waves with imagery of stones smoothed by years of water erosion. The images are meditative, but speak to something deeper, expressing the idea of water as a connection between multiple universes.
In her paintings, Linda takes a more colourful, playful approach. The theme of water is still present here in beautifully gestural paintings of swimmers. The artist does a great job of capturing the light refraction and dappling effects of sunlight on water, and the appearance of the human form beneath the waves.