Photo: Linda Arkley in Colchester, East

Linda Arkley

Artist, Researcher, Gallery educator, Community worker

Light is an important element in my practice as it gives life and energy to my work. My fascination with the ethereal quality of light and how it can be used as a tangible material began with my observation of sunlight's interaction in the natural world. I am intrigued by how nature creates its own drawings and how shadows and reflections can take on other dimensions. Through light and plastic interplay, I explore the boundaries between art, science and nature by filling space with atmospheric dimensional drawings that transforms mundane objects into mysterious fragile organic worlds that combine beauty with unnerving simplicity of execution. These pseudo worlds made mostly from discarded plastics collected from the environment and low tech equipment, captures the pioneering spirit of 19th century culture when nature represented a moral and physical sanctuary for self expression and imaginative invention. My inspiration tends to come from my love of 19th century photography and my interest in Darwinism and cosmology. My sensory works consider environmental issues and scientific enquiries past and present, not as precise truths but in terms of questions and possibilities to convey an element of humour. read full statement

Location Colchester, East
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Learning programmes, Training delivery, Commissioning, Photographic documentation
Artforms Installation, Photography, Research, Sculpture