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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.

Ferngate

Ginkgo Canopy
Ferngate, 2015/2016, powder coated aluminum and steel, 6'-8" x 6'-8" x 3". 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

Figala

Figala
Figala, 2017, Mylar, ink, paper, pencil, 42" x 30"

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About Linda

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 complexity of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. I immerse myself in the world of plants and insects in my garden. Open and closed forms and positive/negative space are issues that interest me, creating lively plays of light and shadow.   My... more

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"

Sassy Bench

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!

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

Drawings - cut-up, woven, striped, sewn

These pieces are investigations into the process of cutting and weaving mylar and paper together. Weaving images together creates a fusion of energy and concept.

I am fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create work that embraces the fluidity and complexity of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. I immerse myself in the world of plants and insects in my garden.

My studio work involves the cutting, sewing and weaving of painted paper and Mylar. Some parts are pre-determined; others come into play purely by chance. The process becomes a balance between forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new, both literally and figuratively.

Photography by Joseph Hyde, John Dean, and me

  • Figala

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

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

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

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

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

    Antilogy - detail
    2017 - Mylar, paper,acylic, brass, thread, wood, spray paint
  • 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"
  • Raven Goes East

    Raven Goes East
    2013- Mylar, paper, acrylic 16" x 19.5"
  • Away from Me

    Away from Me
    2013-Mylar, paper, acrylic, brass, thread 27" x 16.5"

More Drawings - cut-up, woven, striped, sewn

Woven drawings - drawings on paper and mylar cut up and woven together. Some pieces have an added element - brass sewn on.

I create woven dimensional drawings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and sea creatures. These images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process itself. I cut, paint and sew paper, mylar and metal together--- weaving pattern into image, layering color, line and texture. Often a drawing on mylar is cut into strips, woven into a painted paper form, and a brass silhouette is stitched over it. These drawings reflect the natural world's cycle of transformation and yet acknowledge its timeless longevity.

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 John Dean

  • Eleonora

    2012 paper, mylar, acrylic 36" x 17.5" unframed 2012
  • Violin Mnemonic

    2012 painted paper, mylar, acrylic 38" x 31.5" x 1/2" unframed
  • Shella Novella

    Shella Novella
    2012-paper, Mylar, acrylic
  • Volta

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

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

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

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

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread 40" x 28.5" x 2"

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

    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
  • 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

    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"

Public art models plus concepts for future projects

The model and preliminary drawings for Particle Portal, the gate at Maryland Public Health Lab are included.

Other models for public art sculpture are an entrance for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD and digital plans for sculpture at The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Concept drawings for the Redline Art-in-Transit project - fences for two light rail stations - are included. It was a disappointment when the Governor cancelled the Red Line light rail project.

I was invited to apply for the Purple Line light rail project in Washington DC and was awarded an Art-in-Transit commission for Riggs Road Station. The area is designated as the Cultural Corridor - a very diverse community of people from around the world. Each fence panel design is inspired by some of the cultures that are in the area. The proposal is included here.

  • Fence panel proposal-2

    Fence panel proposal
    2017 - Fence panel proposal for Riggs Road Station, Purple Line Light Rail , Washington DC.. Panels are fabricated from steel and powder coated. Planned date of installation - sometime in 2020.
  • Fence panel proposal-1

    Fence panel proposal
    2017 - Fence panel proposal for Riggs Road Station, Purple Line Light Rail , Washington DC.. Panels are fabricated from steel and powder coated. Planned date of installation - sometime in 2020.
  • Redline proposal for Allendale Station

    One section of a 200' fence at Allendale Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • Redline proposal for Allendale Station

    One section of a 200' fence at Allendale Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • Redline proposal for Edmondson Station

    One section of a 200' fence flanking the Edmondson Village Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • MDPHL Gate Model

    Gate Model for Maryland Public Health Laboratory 2011
  • Ginkgo Canopy at Brookside Gardens

    As part of the Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD renovation, this sculpture will be fabricated and installed in 2015.
  • Magnolia Entry for Brookside Gardens

    Renovation of Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD included a few art projects. One was this sculpture at the entrance. Not yet funded.
  • Entrance Model-Brookside Garden

    Entrance Model-Brookside Garden
    Model for automobile entrance to Brookside Garden - yet to be realized.
  • Palms

    digital interpretation of entrance project for the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 2006 thanks to R. Lipscher for computer help

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

Earlier Drawings

Earlier woven drawing work

  • Royal Jelly

    Royal Jelly
    2009-paper, Mylar, acrylic, ink 33.5" x 39"
  • Rosanne

    Rosanne
    2011-brass, paper, Mylar, chalk, acrylic, thread 24" x 19.5"
  • Stung

    Stung
    2009-paper, Mylar, acrylic, ink 20.25" x 21.75"
  • Scarlet Snack

    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, pencil, 26.5" 19.75" x 1.75"
  • Swish

    2008 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 41" x 27.5" x 2"
  • At The Hop

    2007 paper, mylar, acrylic over monoprint 39.25" x 39.25" x 2" Private Collection
  • Big Doll

    2008 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 39" x 32" x 2"
  • No Bed of Roses

    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, 41.5" x 34" x 1"
  • Regardless of the Facts

    2007 handmade paper, paper mache, acrylic 36" x 23.5" x 2.5"
  • Looped

    2006, paper, mylar, pencil, acrylic, 29.5" x 28.25" x 3.5"

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