MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementThe works are oil and charcoal and collage on canvas or masonite. The subjects are displaced persons, time travellers, ghosts. Apart from me, outside the flow of daily life, strong and bleak and solitary, they wake me with the rawness of their lives. The process is excavation: trying shapes and colors and removing them again, digging for bone with paint and charcoal until, as my eyes become accustomed to a different light, I begin to recognize the depths and artifacts of a certain room, a landscape, the structure of a morning, the sharp solitude of twilight; to see the colors and shadows of a world I cannot enter. (In much the same spirit I peer sideways into lighted windows as I pass at night.)
Nancy Linden works figuratively in a variety of media, primarily oil, charcoal, assemblage and site-specific installation. She also sails schooners and square-rigged ships, and has worked in the theater as set and lighting designer, electrician, and, occasionally, actor.