Linda Stillman is an artist who works in various media, investigating concepts of time, memory, and nature. Her work is eclectic, but consistently concept-based and influenced by a minimalist sensibility. She loves to garden and make art at her home in Columbia County, NY. Stillman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the School of Visual Arts, and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (USA & France), the New York Foundation for the Arts Mark program, the Wave Hill Winter Workspace, and The Studios at Mass MoCA. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the country and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Dorsky Museum. Stillman’s artwork has been reviewed in numerous publications and blogs and is included in many private and public collections.
About the work:
Taking on the techniques of the botanist I collect and dry plant specimens in a plant press or in a microwave oven. I then use these materials in my collages. I also use fresh flowers that I deconstruct to separate out the petals. I rub the petals onto paper to make stains. Having learned over the years which flowers yield the most vibrant and light-fast colors, I now plant my gardens with these species. Many drawings record what is flowering in my gardens and become a kind of diary or scrapbook.