Linda Finn

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Artist Statement

My creative practice has evolved from a connection to found objects and correspondence that concern memory and time. Elements of classification become apparent as objects, images and marks are grouped, situated and layered according to the particular narrative being explored.


All types of found objects become part of an inventory in my studio. Stones, bones, worn wood, and rusty bits, insects, cocoons—almost anything that can be carried is useful.When beginning a piece, a found object is sometimes the primary source of inspiration, recalling a memory or sensation; often I use snippets of poetry, conversation or puns to prompt the process of discovery and interpretation. By using acrylics, handmade paper and stitchery, marks and texture are built up in some areas while colour is layered until the piece acquires a history. By placing an object or small sculptures within a piece, the commonplace takes on a new meaning.


My assemblages  provoke memories and encourage closer scrutiny. The result is a commentary intended for speculation and intuitive comprehension, though not necessarily completely understood by the viewer. 


Linda has been making art most of her life, but credits moving to Northern Ontario as the catalyst for beginning her artistic career. After studying fine art at Ontario College of Art, University of Waterloo and White Mountain Academy of the Arts, she continues to explore new ideas in her evolution as an artist.  An elected member of the OSA, SCA, CSPWC, and the Northern Ontario Art Association, Linda has exhibited her work in over 150 exhibitions in Canada, USA, Japan and Mexico. The recipient of numerous awards, including the LesCarbot Award for her volunteer work in the arts, she has taught many workshops, juried art shows around the province, and has also received several Ontario Arts Council grants in support of her practice. 


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Manitoulin Island, ON


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