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About Lyndie

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Lyndie Vantine was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. In 1982 she moved to Philadelphia, PA, working for an art and archival center for five years before coming to Baltimore, MD. She has earned a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, New Mexico, and Massachusetts for the past twenty-five years. "Ever since I can remember, I... more

Shape, Surface and Contour

The macro and micro forces of nature, overlapping, folding or clashing of energy to overwelm and subsume. There is sudden upheaval or glacier paced change in all of nature. It is there is a that I seek to find space between the abstract and representational.

Trees

I regularly am aware of the visual cadence of repetitive patterns in nature - vertical stands of trees crossing of horizontal ribbons of rolling fields, dark and light furrows of farm fields in late winter, or the criss-crossing squares of fields of colors containing different crops, creating either abstract patterns or reflecting the contours of the land.

It is there is a that I seek to find again that space between the abstract and representational.

Southwest

Numerous trips to the southwest (2010 -2015) have had a profound influence of the kinesthetic sense of self in relation to the open and expansive spaces. It was initially difficult to visually comprehend five miles across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim, easier to imagine the canyon's negative space as a solid mass fitted into the solidity of the rock basin.

I also had the visual sensory experience of identifying smaller areas or fractions of whole vistas as complete compositions. I've worked on interpreting these "fractions" as more abstracted objects in my work.

  • Arroyo

    oil on canvas and branches 11" x 10 1/4" x 2 3/8" overall On the road to Chaco Canyon, NM
  • Gila Forest I

    oil paint, canvas, wood and branches 10" x 5" x 2" overall Mesa Verde ridgeline
  • Cascade

    oil paint, canvas, wood and branches 31 1/2" x 21" x 4" overall Broken furrows, husks
  • River Walk - Dusk

    oil paint, canvas, wood and branches ~ 24" x 18" Virgin River and canyon wall, Zion National Park, Utah
  • Canyon Butte

    oil paint, canvas, wood and branches 20 1/4" x 45 3/4" x 2" overall From within the Grand Canyon
  • Colorado River

    oil paint, canvas, wood and branches 18" x 35" x 1" overall Occasional glimpses of the river from the canyon rim.

Sculptures

From time to time, I have taken my 2.5-dimension work to the third dimension.

"The Sum of All Zeros" was a detour from my usual work. Immediately after 9/11, estimates of casualties at all three sites was over 10,000. Comprehending that number was difficult and painful. I took 4" twig clippings from debris in our woods and became tying them together, side by side, with linen thread. The twigs represented each individual for me - a simple object that I used and knew well. The linen thread represented shrouds, wrapping the souls of the individuals lost or missing. I wanted to know what 100 lives were, then 1,000. I worked on this project off and on for about a year. On the first anniversary of 9/11, a radio broadcast reported that revised numbers now stood at 2,052 casualties.. My twig tying effort was at about 1,900 twigs. I stopped at the 2,052 number. Subsequent revisions lowered the total casualty count, but I left the total the same as the first anniversary. I wrapped the long strip of twigs in a circle, a reminder of the "ground zero" term.

  • Life's Ladders

    Wood, branches and fabric ribbon 48 1/2" tall
  • Unchopping a Tree

    oil on canvas, cardboard tubes and branches ~ 19 1/2" x 9 1/2" overall
  • Acquiesce - detail

    oil on canvas, cardboard tubes and branches ~15" x 6" overall
  • Acquiesce

    oil on canvas, cardboard tubes and branches ~15" x 6" overall
  • The Sum of All Zeros

    branches, linen thread 19" diam x 4" high From time to time, I have taken my 2.5-dimension work to the third dimension. "The Sum of All Zeros" is the exception. Immediately after 9/11, estimates of casualties at all three sites was over 10,000. Comprehending that number was difficult and painful. I took 4" twig clippings from debris in our woods and became tying them together, side by side, with linen thread. The twigs represented each individual for me - a simple object that I used and knew well.
  • Unchopping a Tree - detail

    oil on canvas, cardboard tubes and branches ~ 19 1/2" x 9 1/2" overall
  • Hills and Dales

    Oil on canvas and branches ~ 48" x 54" x 15" overall
  • A Love Supreme - back view

    oil on canvas with branches 96" tall
  • A Love Supreme

    Oil on canvas with branches 96" tall

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