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Nature Walk Gate

The gate design was inspired by the habitats along the Nature Walk and incorporates a variety of shapes inspired by leaves, wildlife such as butterflies, birds and bees as well as water plants plus the guide Tully the turtle. The gate created a lively and colorful identifier for the Nature Walk entrance. Positive and negative shapes were cut from aluminum plate and powder coated.

Love Letter

2019, Love Letter
2019, Paper, spray paint, conte crayon, 46" x 51.5" x 1"

Ginkgo Canopy

Ginkgo Canopy
Ginkgo Canopy, 2016, powder coated aluminum and steel, 11.5' x 16' x 14'. Located at Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks, Wheaton, MD.

Particle Portal

Particle Portal
Particle Portal, 2014, powder coated aluminum and steel, 10'-4" x 22' x 4". Located at Maryland Public Health Labs, Baltimore, MD

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About Linda

Baltimore City

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I love cutting things up – paper, metal, Mylar! My work explores the complexities of the natural world through mixed media work and outdoor public sculpture.  Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create work that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. Vascular systems, in natural forms such as leaves, with their complex networks of interconnected loops inspire me. I immerse myself in the world of plants and... more

Nature Walk Gate

2019 Nature Walk Gate, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
The gate design was inspired by the habitats along the Nature Walk and incorporates a variety of shapes inspired by leaves, wildlife such as butterflies, birds and bees as well as water plants plus the guide Tully the turtle. The gate created a lively and colorful identifier for the Nature Walk entrance. Positive and negative shapes were cut from aluminum plate and powder coated.

Visit to see topiaries, art in the meadow, concerts and the nature walk - it's a great place. https://www.ladewgardens.com

Benches

2019 two benches for Alexander House, Silver Spring. Dogwwod & Fern benches.

Sassy bench was designed for Brookside Gardens. The Sassafras tree has three distinctly different leaves. I missed that info in grade school. It fascinated me, so I used the three leaves as the cut-outs on the bench back and painted it bright red!

Brookside Gardens Public Art

Montgomery County Department of Parks & Recreation runs this gorgeous botanical garden in Wheaton, MD. A great place to visit! http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

They commissioned 4 works from me - a gate, a canopy, a bench and an entrance piece. The gate, canopy and bench. The gate and canopy are what is shown here and were funded through the Montgomery County Parks Foundation. The entrance is waiting for a donor!!!

Photography by John Dean

  • Ginkgo Canopy-front view

    Ginkgo Canopy
    A node for orientation and gathering near the open lawn had been identified in the Brookside Gardens renovation plan as an area for public art. The shapes and forms of the Ginkgo Biloba, the world’s oldest tree with its attractive lobed fan-shaped leaves, became the inspiration for a shade canopy structure. Dappled light and dark create a shadow play across the boardwalk as the sun travels through the sky. The support structure references a tree trunk with branches, leading up to the crown of cut out Ginkgo leaves.
  • Ginkgo Canopy-side view

    Ginkgo Canopy
    Located at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. The shapes and forms of the Ginkgo Biloba, the world’s oldest tree with its attractive lobed fan-shaped leaves, became the inspiration for a shade canopy structure. Dappled light and dark create a shadow play across the boardwalk as the sun travels through the sky. The support structure references a tree trunk with branches, leading up to the crown of cut out Ginkgo leaves. 2015 - Powder coated aluminum & steel 11.5' x 16' x 14' Photography by John Dean
  • Ginkgo Canopy Detail

    Ginkgo Canopy
    Looking up from the platform. Powder coated aluminum & steel. Photography by John Dean
  • Ginkgo Canopy

    Ginkgo Canopy
    A node for orientation and gathering near the open lawn had been identified in the Brookside Gardens renovation plan as an area for public art. The shapes and forms of the Ginkgo Biloba, the world’s oldest tree with its attractive lobed fan-shaped leaves, became the inspiration for a shade canopy structure. 2015 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 11.5' x 16' x 14' Photography by John Dean
  • Ginkgo Canopy

    Ginkgo Canopy
    A node for orientation and gathering near the open lawn had been identified in the Brookside Gardens renovation plan as an area for public art. The shapes and forms of the Ginkgo Biloba, the world’s oldest tree with its attractive lobed fan-shaped leaves, became the inspiration for a shade canopy structure. 2015 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 11.5' x 16' x 14'
  • Ginkgo Canopy-Installation day

    2015 - installed by the extraordinary Bonsai Fine Art crew. 11.5' x 16' x 14'/ Powder coated aluminum & steel Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. Commissioned by Montgomery County Parks Foundation and Montgomery County Department of Parks & Recreation. Video by me
  • Ferngate Detail

    Ferngate at Brookside Gardens
    Detail of the pedestrian gate at Brookside Gardens. Fiddlehead ferns were planted nearby. 2016 - Powder coated aluminum & steel / 6'-8" x 6'-8" x 3". Photography by John Dean
  • Ferngate

    Ferngate at Brookside Gardens
    This pedestrian gate design incorporates a variety of shapes inspired by leaves and stems of ferns creating a lively and colorful identifier for the boardwalk entrance at Brookside Gardens. 2016 - Powder coated aluminum & steel / 6'-8" x 6'-8" x 3". Photography by John Dean
  • Ferngate - full view

    Ferngate at Brookside Gardens
    This pedestrian gate design incorporates a variety of shapes inspired by leaves and stems of ferns creating a lively and colorful identifier for the boardwalk entrance at Brookside Gardens. 2016 - Powder coated aluminum & steel / 6'-8" x 6'-8" x 3". Photography by John Dean
  • Ferngate

    Ferngate
    2015-2016, powder coated aluminum and steel. Located at Brookside Gardens. 6'-8" x 6'-8" x 3"

Particle Portal - Automatic Gate plus fabrication photos

Gate for Maryland Public Health Lab:
Protein diagrams, molecular structures and cell geometry refer to scientific analysis conducted by the Maryland Public Health Lab dedicated to the well being of the citizens of the state. When closed a DNA helix visually ties the two sides of the gate together. Interplay between solid and open shapes in the gate indicates a vital lively site reflecting community activity and many processes pursued within the building.
The gate automatically opens and closes.

Photography by John Dean

  • Particle Portal - angle view

    Particle Portal
    Forms and shapes of molecular structures, protein ribbon diagrams, and cell geometry are the inspiration for the gate at Maryland Public Health Laboratory (MDPHL). The lab provides a public service incorporating many different facets of science and technology for the health and well being of the citizens of Maryland. My goal was to pull together a variety of images that respond to the various disciplines in the building, yet create an engaging artwork for pedestrians and auto passengers alike.
  • The beginning - the first piece of aluminum

    waterjet cut aluminum
    Arrival of the gate doors - aluminum plate cut by water-jet
  • Particle Portal doors together in the studio

    Particle Portal in progress
    2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 10’-4” x 22' x 4” / Maryland Economic Development Commission. Fabrication by Paul Daniel, Fletcher Daniel and me.
  • Squiggles, bacteria, connective tissue- in progress

    Particle Portal in progress
    The fluid lines (squiggles, bacteria, or connective tissue) were fabricated by drawing the imagery full size on paper and then working the metal to match the drawing. It was a process of bending the metal, checking back to the drawing and bending again...and again...again. Fabricators: Paul Daniel, Fletcher Daniel and me.
  • Particle Portal - front view

    Particle Portal - front view
    Protein diagrams, molecular structures and cell geometry refer to scientific analysis conducted by the Maryland Public Health Lab and are are the inspiration for the gate at Maryland Public Health Laboratory, dedicated to the well being of the citizens of the state. 2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 10’-4” x 22' x 4” / Maryland Economic Development Commission. Photography by John Dean
  • Particle Portal - Detail

    Particle Portal Detail
    This gate opens and closes automatically. When the gate is closed a DNA helix ties the two sides of the gate together visually. Interplay between solid and open shapes in the gate indicates a vital lively site reflecting community activity and many processes pursued within the building. 2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel / Maryland Economic Development Commissio. Photography by John Dean
  • Particle Portal Detail 2

    Particle Portal Detail 2
    Molecular structures, protein ribbon diagrams, and cell geometry are the inspiration for the gate at Maryland Public Health Laboratory. Green squiggles were fabricated and powder coated separately and screwed on to the blue door. 2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel / Maryland Economic Development Commission. Fabrication: Paul Daniel, Fletcher Daniel and me. Photography by John Dean
  • Particle Portal - Location

    Particle Portal-Location
    The Particle Portal automatic gate is on located on Rutland Street at Maryland Public Health Laboratories, Ashland & Rutland Streets (behind Hopkins Hospital on Orleans Street). 2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 10’-4” x 22' x 4” / Maryland Economic Development Commission. Photography by John Dean.
  • Particle Portal opens and closes

    Particle Portal automatic gate opens and closes at Maryland Public Health Lab. One of the workers says, "Good drawing you did."
  • Particle Portal-Installation Day

    Particle Portal-Installation Day
    The amazing crew who installed the gate. Another crew installed the automatic gate openers. 2014 - Powder coated aluminum & steel. 10’-4” x 22' x 4” / Maryland Economic Development Commission. Photography by John Dean

Paintings/Drawings: Cut-up, woven, striped and sewn

Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create drawings/paintings that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. Vascular systems, in natural forms such as leaves and biology, with complex networks of interconnected loops inspire me.

These pieces are investigations into dimensional drawings/paintings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and sea creatures. Often images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process of Mylar and paper. Mylar is cut into strips and woven into a painted paper form. Drawing with brass rod van be added to the work and sewn on. Some parts are pre-determined, others come into play purely by chance. The process is a balance of forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new both literally and figuratively.

The work becomes a fusion of energy and concept. The drawing and I interact until some solution coincides with the intended scheme. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the mysteries of nature as well as the process, engaging them in discovery.

Photogrpahy by Joseph Hyde .

  • Royal Coil

    2019 Royal Coil
    2019, Paper, Mylar, spray paint, acrylic, 45" x 54" x 1"
  • Love Letter

    2019 Love Letter
    2019, Paper, spray paint, conte crayon, 46" x 51.5" x 1"
  • Maracas in my Ears

    2019 Maracas in my Ears
    2019, Paper, Mylar, spray paint, conte crayon, ink
  • Camouflage

    2018, Camouflage
    2018, 42" x 36", acrylic painted paper & Mylar, brass, thread
  • Inside Out

    Inside Out
    2018, Inside Out, Paper, acrylic, spray paint, leaf skeleton, 10” x 10”
  • Ginger Snap

    Ginger Snap
    2018, Ginger Snap, 10" x 10"
  • Figala

    2017, Figala
    2017-Mylar, ink paper, pencil, 42" x 30"
  • Antilogy

    2017 Antilogy
    2017 - Mylar, paper,acylic, brass, thread, wood, spray paint, 38" x 37.5"
  • Bombalone

    2017 Bombalone
    2017, Mylar, paper, acrylic, pencil 29" x 36"
  • Bozo

    2017, Bozo
    2017-Mylar, paper, acrylic, spray paint, pastel, 29" x 27"

More Paintings/Drawings: Cut-up, woven, striped and sewn

Much of this work is connected to my personal health issues. Working on these paper plus pieces provides the best medicine for the issues I have encountered.

Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create drawings/paintings that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. Vascular systems, in natural forms such as leaves and biology, with complex networks of interconnected loops inspire me.

These pieces are investigations into dimensional drawings/paintings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and human anatomy. Often images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process of Mylar and paper. Mylar is cut into strips and woven into a painted paper form. Drawing with brass rod van be added to the work and sewn on. Some parts are pre-determined, others come into play purely by chance. The process is a balance of forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new both literally and figuratively.

The work becomes a fusion of energy and concept. The drawing and I interact until some solution coincides with the intended scheme. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the mysteries of nature as well as the process, engaging them in discovery.

I got a little tool that makes stripes when filled with acrylic paint- it's really fun. The quick physical process of drawing lines with it offsets the more studied process of weaving cut-out patterns - knots and matrix imagery -into one another.

Photography by Joseph Hyde and John Dean

  • Heartwood

    Heartwood
    2015 - Heartwood, paper Mylar, ink, acrylic 28.5" x 20.75"
  • Corniche

    Corniche
    2015 - Corniche, paper, Mylar, acrylic 28.5" x 20.75"
  • Tangled Ticker

    Tangled Ticker
    2017-Paper, collage from print 23" x 26"
  • Antilogy-detail

    Antilogy - detail
    2017 - Mylar, paper,acylic, brass, thread, wood, spray paint
  • Parasite

    2010 Parasite
    2010, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread, 36.25" x 22.75" x 2"
  • Undertoad

    2010 Undertoad
    2010, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread, 42.25" x 35.25" x 2.25"
  • Sidetracked

    2009, Sidetracked
    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread 40" x 28.5" x 2"
  • Raven Goes East

    Raven Goes East
    2013- Mylar, paper, acrylic 16" x 19.5"
  • Violin Mnemonic

    Violin Mnemonic
    2012, Violin Mnemonic, painted paper, mylar, acrylic, 41" x 34"
  • Eleonora

    Eleonora
    2012, Eleonora, paper, mylar, acrylic, 38.25" x 20.25"

Earlier Painting/Drawings

Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create drawings/paintings that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. Vascular systems, in natural forms such as leaves and biology, with complex networks of interconnected loops inspire me.

These pieces are investigations into dimensional drawings/paintings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and human anatomy. Often images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process of Mylar and paper. Mylar is cut into strips and woven into a painted paper form. Drawing with brass rod van be added to the work and sewn on. Some parts are pre-determined, others come into play purely by chance. The process is a balance of forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new both literally and figuratively.

The work becomes a fusion of energy and concept. The drawing and I interact until some solution coincides with the intended scheme. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the mysteries of nature as well as the process, engaging them in discovery.

Photography by John Dean

  • Life Lines

    Life Lines
    2012-brass, paper, Mylar, netting, acrylic, thread 19.5 x 21.25
  • Catch Me

    Catch me
    2012-brass, printed paper, paper, acrylic, thread 28.5" x 20.75 x .75
  • Shella Novella

    Shella Novella
    2012-paper, Mylar, acrylic
  • Volta

    2011 brass, paper, mylar, acrylic, thread 19" x 15.5" x 3" D
  • Martensia of the Thumb

    2011 brass, paper, acrylic, thread 29.5" x 36.5" x 2.25"
  • Stung

    2009 Stung
    2009, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, 20.25" x 21.75" x 2"
  • At the Hop

    2007, At the Hop
    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic over monoprint, 39.25" x 39.25" x 2"
  • At the Hop -detail

    At the Hop -detail
    2007, At the Hop -detail
  • Swish

    2007, Swish
    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink,41" x 27.5" x 2"
  • Swish-detail

    2007, Swish-detail
    2007, Swish-detail

Front Stoop / Back Yard

Co-Laboration: Front Stoop / Back Yard is a joint project installed at School 33 Art Center by Kelly Bell, Melissa Webb and me. It was funded through BOPA by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Press release: "Using local front stoop and backyard neighborhood culture as a starting point, “Front Stoop/Back Yard” aims to be a quirky and delightful new meeting place for the community and a little sanctuary for urban birds. Artists Bell, DePalma, and Webb have constructed highly detailed birdhouses that are scale replicas of iconic Baltimore buildings – Penn Station, the Patterson Park Pagoda, the “Painted Ladies” of Charles Village and formstone row homes. Marble step and canvas awning constructions provide a shady spot to start a conversation. Painted screens installed in School 33’s windows overlook the garden. Collaborating as a group for the first time, the artists have used Baltimore’s architectural vernacular as an inspiration point to create a garden environment that connects with the senses and invites the community to interact with the surroundings."

Painted screens by Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhen

Site Specific Public Art

Site specific sculpture - entrances, railings, gates and other amenities for urban streetscapes

Photography by John Dean

  • Flow

    Flow
    detail, War Memorial Plaza fountain grates, in front of City Hall, Baltimore, (detail is of one panel 6'x 6') Painted aluminum, water 1.5" x 22' x 6', 2005
  • Flow

    Flow
    North View, War Memorial Plaza fountain grate, Baltimore, Painted aluminum, water, 1.5" x 22' x 6', 2005, Department of Parks & Recreation Commission; Landscape Architects: Mahan Rykiel
  • Flow with visitor

    Flow with visitor
    2005 - Flow, fountain grates in from to Baltimore's City Hall. Someone stopped by to cool off! You can stand on these. One of three 6' square aluminum grates. Total piece is 1.5" x 22' x 6'
  • Passage

    Passage
    2005, powder coated aluminum, 11'-4" x 57' x 10' Jesup Blair Park, Silver Spring, MD
  • Passage

    detail, Jesup Blair Park entrance, Silver Spring, MD, 2005, Painted aluminum, 11â??-4â? x 57â?? x 10â??D, Montgomery Co Public Arts Trust Commission
  • Double Gamut

    Franklin Street Parking Garage, Baltimore, MD, two wall reliefs on facade of parking facility, collaboration with artist Paul Daniel 1991, Aluminum, bronze, copper, 14' x 11' x 3.5' Baltimore City 1% for Art Program; Architect: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore, MD
  • Double Gamut

    1991, Double Gamut
    1991 Double Gamut, Franklin Street Parking Garage, Baltimore, MD, two wall reliefs on facade of parking facility
  • Watermark, gate

    1992, Watermark - gate
    entrance gate, Alexander House, Silver Spring, MD, mixed income housing project, 1992, Painted aluminum, 12' x 20' x 3', Housing Opportunities Commission; Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden, Washington, DC
  • Watermark, screen & railing

    1992, Watermark, screen & railing
    garden screen and pool railing, Alexander House, Silver Spring, MD, mixed income housing project, 1992, Painted aluminum, railing: 3' x 158' x 3", screen: 7' x 130' x 6"

It's Complicated Series

At the end of 2013 I left my position as Education Director for Youth Education at Creative Alliance - after 13 years. It was bittersweet, I have enjoyed working with the incredible staff and with wonderful partners. I have had the honor and opportunity to open doors to reading, stories and artwork skills for our community youth - over the years serving many young people who would not have the chance to experience the joy of making art if it weren't for the existence of Creative Alliance. As an appreciation I made drawings for my colleagues - these are the drawings.

  • Jeremy

    It's Complicated Series - Jeremy
    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Rachel

    It's Complicated Series - Rachel
    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Megan

    It's Complicated Series - Megan
    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Karen

    It's Complicated Series - Karen
    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Margaret

    It's Complicated Series - Margaret
    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Gina S

    It's Complicated Series- Gina S
    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Britt

    It's Complicated Series - Britt
    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Heather

    It's Complicated Series - Heather
    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Andre

    It's Complicated Series - Andre
    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Terry

    It's Complicated Series - Terry
    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic

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