Linda Lees: Curves and Crisp Edges
When: Thursday 18 April - Sunday 9 June
Where: Brindley Family Galleries, MAMA
"At a time when we surround ourselves with mass produced items, to be able to visually embrace the simplicity and uniqueness of the handmade is a joy." Linda Lees
North East artist Linda Lees has been studying and practicing art for close to 30 years, experimenting in many areas, but with a particular focus on photography.
In recent years though, Lees' longstanding interest in sculpture has seen her move into ceramics, forming intimately scaled works using slab construction techniques and experimenting with glazes and combinations of forms.
It is the formal qualities of the works that most drive Lee’s process, with each piece presenting as though a stoneware maquette for an as yet unrealised Modernist masterwork. With many of the works, Lees pays direct tribute to the revered British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. This connection, along with the ever present allusions to 20th century modernism, playfully place Lees' new works in a long sculptural tradition, even as the artist attempts to break new creative ground.