Talley Dunn Gallery is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition by the nationally-recognized artist Linda Ridgway. Cover Up, Grassland, and Shakespeare will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The gallery is pleased to welcome Ridgway for a public artist talk Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Linda Ridgway, based in Dallas, is widely recognized for her poetic sculptures in bronze. Working across various media, Ridgway creates an evocative symbolic language using forms found in nature as well as domestic textiles. While her works reflect personal experiences and often allude to specific poems or works of literature, they also contemplate enduring questions of memory, womanhood, tradition, and ephemerality. Often ethereal in their delicacy and their inclusion of impermanent organic material, her works question accepted understandings of nature and femininity, and their connected cultural associations. Gestural lines, fine detail, and organic forms create a sense of intimacy and reveal the influence of post-minimalism in her work.
Cover Up, Grassland, and Shakespeare features a selection of Ridgway’s recent works on paper. In a process similar to her direct castings from flowers, branches, or other objects, Ridgway creates a faintly embossed image by pressing lace or grasses directly onto the paper’s surface. The pressure needed to create this ghost image destroys the lace or grasses in the process. Then, working in graphite, Ridgway adds to the faint index left by the object, rendering it fully in painstaking but delicate detail.