PAINTINGS OF WOMEN, THE SEA, MYSTERIOUS ENCOUNTERS AND UNCOMMON PLACES
My paintings are saturated with rich, dense color. They describe narratives and use images that are part of our collective history, delving into our lives, dreams and memories. My most recent paintings examine the nature of adolescence, the psychology of transition, the often mysterious spaces within relationships, and the conjunction of dreaming and waking states.
The imagery evokes imagined landscapes. With figures, seascapes, architectural elements, water and skies pieced together from different times and places, I create a sense of uncertainty and mystery – is it real, or not? The striped, peaked tents in some of the paintings evoke an especially vivid dream, but actually do exist in their original form on Chappaquiddick Island, Martha’s Vineyard. Birds, too, have often appeared in my work, sometimes as companions, other times as avatars of change, growth or escape. The disconnect evident in the relationships between the young women in the paintings speaks to the transformations of adolescence and personal autonomy — probing the memories of my own youth, as well.
- Linda H. Post