Poem Paintings by LINDA JOHNS
On display at The People Place Antigonish Town and County Library
February 1 – 29, 2020
Join the artist for an Opening Reception on Tuesday, February 4th from 3 – 6 pm.
For the first time the Antigonish artist has integrated words and paint in a series of paintings that constitute a challenging new mode of expression. As Johns puts it: “I didn’t want to drive two horses, but drive a team.”
Linda Johns is well known for her powerful metaphorical paintings grounded in images from the natural world, its creatures, cycles and energies. Her prose writing has been largely based on nature notes and diary entries, with separate small editioned books devoted to her poetry, which is also inspired by her love and concern for the environment.
In these new poem paintings, Johns’ environmental messages are amplified. One medium isn’t just an illustration of the other, nor does it necessarily explain the other. The words were not applied over the completed paintings. Visual decision-making regarding use of the space was an integrative dance between word and image, which evolved simultaneously, with emphasis on what would most enhance the ideas the artist wished to convey in both modalities.
The “How Wise are We?” exhibit showcases twenty acrylic poem paintings on canvas out of the series of 85 that the artist has produced to date. The work will be on display at the library for the month of February, with interpretive workshops offered each Tuesday afternoon, led by Nancy Turniawan, details to be announced.