Approved: 09.07.2008

Linda Arkley

Artist, Researcher, Gallery educator, Community worker

Approved: 09.07.2008

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.

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

Biography

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 transform mundane objects into mysterious fragile organic worlds that combine beauty with unnerving simplicity of execution. These pseudo scientific 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.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2012 - MA Sculptural Practice, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex

2009 - Dialogues on Education - International Study Group, Istituzione of the Municipalty of Reggio Emilia, Italy

2006 - BA (Hons) Art & Design (Fine Art), Colchester School of Art & Design, Colchester, Essex

Solo exhibitions

2015 - After Dark 2015, Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester, Essex

2012 - Creation: The Beginning, Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester, Essex

2010 - Enlighten, Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester, Essex

2009 - Plastic Aquarium, Colchester Natural History Museum, Essex

2008 - Installations at the Tower, Jaywick Martello Tower, Jaywick, Nr Clacton, Essex

2005 - Recycled Plastic Installation, Angel Court, Colchester, Essex

Group exhibitions

2011 - 2014  Art+Play National Touring Exhibition, 20-21 Art Gallery,

2010 - Arcist's Showcase, Chelmsford Art Trail, Essex 2010 - Open Studios, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester, Essex

2010 - Street Divisions, Essex Artist's collaboration with Walk the Plank, Chelmsford, Essex

2010 - Outside 2010, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex

2010 - Three Towns Trail, Braintree, Witham & Halstead, Essex

2010 - The ArC Suitcase Show, firstsite, Colchester

2009 - Windows, Braintree Art Trail, Braintree

2008 - Activator, Alternative Art Platform, Picnic in the Church, St Martin's Church, Colchester, Essex

2008 - Jaywick Community, Environment & Heritage, Martello Tower, Jaywick, Nr Clacton, Essex

2007 - Art reflecting Citizenship, Firstsite, Colchester, Essex

2006 - Perspective on Drawing, Hay Gallery, Colchester, Essex

Public Commission

2011 - Bubbles & Bangs, interactive light & sound installations, 20-21 Art Gallery, Scunthorpe, Lincs

2011 - Box of Delights, Light box, 20-21 Art Gallery, Scunthorpe, Lincs

2009 - Past, Present & Future, Arcist commission, North Primary School, Colchester, Essex

2009 - Museum Loan Box, Arcist commission, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

2008 - Darwin's Curiosity Case, light installation, firstsite, school consortium & CSN, Colchester, Essex

Residencies

2010-11 - The Art of Play, Winterton Infant School & Panda Play Group, N Lincs

2008 - Art Reflecting Citizenship, St John's Green Primary & Monkwick Infant School, Colchester, Essex

2008 - Community, Environment & Heritage, Jaywick Martello Tower, Nr Clacton, Essex

2007 - Art Week: Stories through Art, St Mary's RC School, Ipswich, Suffolk

2007 - Art Reflecting Citizenship, Montgomery Infant School, Colchester

2007 - In-Between Time, firstsite Minories, Colchester, Essex

Projects

2010 - Flaming Tips Artist's Training School with Walk the Plank, Chelmsford, Essex

2009 - Creative Partnerships, Deben School, Felixstowe, Suffolk

2008 - Apple Cart Jam - installation and performance, Amwell View School, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire

2008 - Open Space 'The Gift', Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex

2008 - Theatre is... Apple Cart Development Days, Amwell View School, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts

2008 - Young Creators: The Berryfield Mosaic & Material Culture, firstsite, Colchester