Artist Statement / Biography

portrait of artist
 
 
I began painting as a child - coloring everything in sight. I went through coloring books, crayons and watercolors as fast as could be. As I grew older the world came more into my awareness. I continued to create as much as I could all the time - just whatever came into mind.

Creativity, for me, is the world in motion. I always work from imagination. I have worked in choreography (dance), drawing, painting and sculpture. I am very interested in movement, color, placement and form. The images are kinetic, something visual in the mind, a motion that falls into time.

My Sculptures and Dances needed drawings, both are three dimensional forms on a flat surface - one an illustration, one a diagram. The diagrams became more ritualistic. I was drawn to the act of creating art - letting the hand flow forward. Drawing became the fastest way to capture the ideas. I combined the ideas involved in the making of Sand paintings and Yantra's, and the paintings of Jackson Pollack and Cy Twombly.

At one point the marks I was making required a form or shape to surround them. I proceeded to place myself on the paper and used the tracing of my body as a basis for the drawing. This very act seemed to meld all the different facets of creating into one. Drawing, Movement and Sculpture consolidated itself into the form of Painting.

Working mostly on the floor, I use the square format as a dance space. I place my body in the square and feel the movement wander. I am very interested in improvisation, the surprise of letting the motion go through my body mind and out onto the canvas. Everything is spur of the moment, related to energy, time, season, spirit and the Joy of making marks.

Being physically involved with the work is very important. Dance is a good form of communication because it is instant. You are taken through it visually and abstractly. Latter it becomes a memory, like a dream. I enjoy the feeling of movement on the body, the feeling of being alive and having strong sensations. I imagine myself as a slight ball of energy dancing on the earth. I work at portraying this - not just the image but the sensation.

Floating feelings, Heavy feelings, Falling feelings, Light feelings and Swirling feelings - My work stems from these sensations mingling with each other. The paintings are named as actions; Shift, Lost, Stop, Shock. They describe movement, actions, emotion and sensations both mentally and visually.


LINDA HAINS
El Paso, Texas
Born 1958 - Renton, Washington

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

October 2008

SUNDANCES AND PALMS
Glass Gallery
El Paso, Texas

September 2007

ART INTERNATIONAL
El Paso Art Association
El Paso, Texas

June 2007

PRONGHORN PRIDE FESTIVAL
Pronghorn Pride Initiative 2007
Rawlins, Wyoming

June 2006

GOVENOR'S CAPITOL ART EXHIBITION
Wyoming State Museum
Cheyenne, Wyoming

May 2005

LINDA HAINS - RECENT WORKS
Center for Fine Arts Center
Jackson, Wyoming

May 1999

1999 GROUP INVITATIONAL CVAA
Community Visual Art Association
Jackson, Wyoming

September 1983

LINDA HAINS EXHIBITION
Gallery White Art
Tokyo, Japan

November 1981

NORTH SOUTH - NEW YORK
Group show of Richmond Artists
New York, New York

September 1981

NEW YORKER'S EXHIBITION IN TOKYO
Gallery White Art
Tokyo, Japan

May 1980

SCULPTURE BFA SHOW
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

May 1980

ONE PERSON SHOW
RAW (Richmond Artists Workshop)
Richmond, Virginia

EDUCATION

1976 - 1980

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
B.F.A. in Sculpture

2008 2010

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO
M. A. in Art Education, minor in Painting and Drawing
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

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