Linda Hope

Linda Hope's picture

(415) 334-3603

Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard
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SF OPEN STUDIOS PARTICIPANT
Hunters Point Shipyard
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P.O. Box 881201 • San Francisco, CA • 94188

I make art because it is a way for me to express myself without words.  While I am painting I exist with awareness, but without thought or language. I am able to exist in the moment and engage with an object of interest or beauty.  This is what inspires me to paint, to create.

I paint using a layering process, varying the colors and their intensity with each layer.  This allows for complex color relationships to manifest. With this method it is possible to create a glowing quality of surface where the light source seems to emerge from within the painting itself.

Lately I have been concerned with my gesture and movement as I apply the paint.  I experience this as a transfer of energy; as my movements vary the resultant strokes or marks vary, both in their weight and appearance. After I have made multiple layers, the surfaces of my paintings seem to pulse and the paintings seem to me to be breathing.

My work does not have a literal meaning.  The optics at work—the results of the complex layering—allow me to experience my paintings as being alive, as vibrant or pulsing, but separate from me.  Their surfaces stand as the record of my movement in time. Sometimes concrete or specific imagery emerges and sometimes it is imposed.  I do not use imagery to tell a story and I do not paint with any intent toward narrative.

I believe my paintings have a presence, not just a place.  I believe that they are alive, having become embodiments of the transfer of creative energy through intention and touch.