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Linda McConaughy returned to the Cleveland area after a career as an art educator and visual arts supervisor in Baltimore Maryland. She works in many media including wood, fiber, paint, and found objects. Much of her recent work reflects a desire to attend to and decode the intricacies of place and time, particularly within the natural world. The landscape of the natural environment is full of opportunities for decoding – even the smallest, most humble elements hold vast potential for investigation.
My experience of place is deeply personal. It is constructed through dialogue — what a place discloses to me, what draws me in:
an unlikely meeting of colors
spaces and shapes that recur unexpectedly
patterns formed by growth and erosion
My work reflects my desire to attend to and decode my dialogue with place, particularly with the natural world. The landscape of the natural environment is full of opportunities for decoding – even the smallest, most humble elements hold vast potential for investigation.
My work is informed by Robert Smithson’s Provisional Theory of Non-Sites (1968). Smithson used the term Non-Sites to title a group of works based on specific geographic locations, or sites, which became the source of natural materials he transported and organized in a gallery space, or Non-Site.“Between the actual site and The Non-Site itself exists a space of metaphoric significance. It could be that “travel” in this space is a vast metaphor. Everything between the two sites could become physical metaphorical material devoid of natural meanings and realistic assumptions.”
I see my Non-Site as part of a larger project undertaken by artists to preserve aspects of landscapes and to share personal experiences of those landscapes through visual forms. They take the form of handmade boxes (made of locally sourced and reclaimed wood) constructed to hold objects collected through interactions with place. Accompanying the boxes, or sometimes held within the boxes, are handmade books containing paintings I create in response to my interactions with place. These paintings are most often abstract representation of colors, spaces, and patterns revealed to me through both place and the collection of objects from the place.