Artist Statement

Linda Lyke

My work represents an ongoing intuitive response to printmaking media as well as a search for the sublime.

As a woman printmaker, I'm drawn to the historical struggle of people who live and create artifacts from nature, specifically the Beothuk Natives of Newfoundland and the Native American basket makers of the West. As an environmentalist and Angelina, I'm inspired by the skyline and vistas that surround me. As a woman artist, I am drawn to the sacred symbols of life and the infinite.

By using intense color, energetic gesture, and the printmaking process, I discover meaning through the act of doing, of making images that reveal themselves over time. Recently, I have combined different printing, painting, and drawing systems to transcend the limitations of one over another and express the interconnected relationship of all three. My working method usually begins with a monotype to establish a field upon which the image will evolve. By adding layers of transparent ink and paint through successive printings, each printing event is recorded, altered and ultimately transformed in the process.