Photo: Linda Gordon in Bideford, South West

Linda Gordon

Artist, Maker, Writer, Community worker

I pay close and sustained attention to place and the movement of life - particularly in relation to the earth and the natural environment. My process requires total engagement with a place on all levels: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The aim is to align and come into balance with life all around, and to share my experience with others through the various strands of my practice.

My strength lies in the ability to immerse myself in my surroundings, and develop work spontaneously, in response to a given situation. Focusing on my immediate surroundings moment by moment is a way of connecting with life, and fostering a sense of being at home in the world.

Of course most projects, require considerable planning and organisation. Large-scale sculptural installations most often involve earth materials (wood, stone, soil etc.), and can be combined with manufactured material: a fusion of nature and culture. In some cases, people can participate in the work, perhaps in a form of ritualistic walking - or can help to make it, as in my B10 labyrinth event for the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere anniversary last year.

Recently, my interest has shifted towards a more small-scale, transient approach to working in the natural environment - involving short-lived sculptural works alongside photography and written text. This is, in fact, a way of working that I have always pursued fairly privately, but has gradually become more prominent. The difference now is that it is being developed into more widely disseminated multi-media outcomes, and online dialogues with artists in other places around the world.

Also fairly recently emerged are my small low-key art walks and workshops, designed to encourage intuitive responses to the environment through arts activity. These developed out of my Essential Nature project in June 2010. They are a way of sharing my concerns and techniques, and have led a number of people to take up their own creative practices, and some to continue walking with me on an informal, word-of mouth basis. I aim for simplicity in my work, which allows freedom of interpretation and can often indirectly shed light on contemporary environmental issues.

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Location Bideford, South West
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Project, Environment, Installation, Photography, Sculpture
Tags environment, installation, nature, landscape, land art, photography, place, ecology, local, site-specific