Linda Shere

Linda Shere Paintings

 

Statement:

I became interested in Joan of Arc after seeing statues of her in Reims cathedral (where the French kings were crowned) and Notre Dame where she was canonized. The statue in Reims is small. Joan looks young, vulnerable and far from the brave girl on the battlefield. It was the distance between the battlefield and the girl that intrigued me. Shortly after starting work on the series my younger sister became very ill. After her untimely death I stopped painting. This work marks a return to both painting and to figurative work. In revisiting what had first caught my interest in Joan, I now looked at her life through the filter of my sister’s, as someone struggling with her fate. Though Joan’s destiny was to crown a king, my sister gave Joan her humanity and made her flesh and blood. This let me look at Joan in different ways, including what could be her observations of the battlefield both in reality and inwardly. She is quoted as saying she never killed anyone and held her banner rather than her sword. At her death, in asking for a cross, it was an English soldier, her enemy, who quickly created a cross from sticks and grass and brought it to her.

I work in paint in combination with drawing mediums like graphite and pastels. They each have a different speed and line quality that creates the effect of a form/figure having a temporal uncertainty with opportunity to move between physical presence and time.

 

Bio:

In the early sixties for a young artistic girl in New York City, I had the chance to work and study with people already on their way to fame. I could take classes with Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and great teachers at the Art Students League- all of which I did. It was an exciting and heady time to be in New York City, which made going off to college anywhere else somewhat anticlimactic. But I did go. I went to Carnegie Mellon for architectural design and then came back to New York to do graduate work at Parsons School of Design.

Somehow, in between raising four daughters, I have had solo shows and museum shows. My work is also in museums and corporate collections. I have been lucky enough to have been awarded grants and honors including NEA individual artist grant from South Dakota and City of New York project grants.

My life always seems to be about getting back to my artist’s life. Now I split my time between the studio, raising - it keeps going - my great granddaughter and my teaching job at the state college where I am an adjunct professor of design and drawing.