Linda Dewart

Paint and textiles are my preferred media but I work with a variety of materials according to the ideas I am trying to express at the time.

I trained as a textile designer nearly 20 years ago but I have always painted, stitched, created and recycled “stuff”!!

Recenty I have been producing imagined landscapes inspired by the countryside around me and from travels farther afield. I often used fragments of life drawings or paintings as starting points and, as I am interested in the ways in which we manipulate our surroundings to suit ourselves, this way of working firmly plants the human impact within the landscape.

This approach has evolved into looking at “pathways” – links between people across both spaces and time. Now, with the current cultural, political and economic turmoil seemingly worldwide, I am thinking in terms of “pathways of communication” between peoples – how we could do with finding common ground rather than highlighting differences. For this I am using stones collected from different parts of the world and integrating into them precious metals: two hard disparate surfaces which I am trying to make work together.