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Instinctive artist D.A. Lindgren exposes 3-D canvas

Nicole Lasee, Entertainment Editor
January 30, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

Sculpted canvases express instinctive contact and involvement of the artist with the work. From molding and plying the buildup for the canvas and applying paint to new textures, sculpted canvases allow the viewer to see the dimensions of the piece.

The Friends of the Brown County Library Arts Committee announced their newest art exhibit to feature these new dimensions. An artist of unpredictable form, D.A. Lindgren creates three dimensional sculpted canvases that will be on display until March 8 at the Brown County Library.

Formally trained in architecture, Lindgren began sculpting and painting large ceramics more than 25 years ago.

“I believe I was born with a crayon in hand,” Lindgren said. “I truly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting, sculpting or building something. Creating has always been part of my life.”

Lindgren’s pieces have been seen in magazines, displayed at juried shows and galleries and have made their way to permanent installations. Unfortunately, the weight of many Lindgren’s earlier clay commissions made showing in galleries difficult.

“It’s not that showing in galleries was not available, it was the size I wanted to work with was difficult due to weight issues,” Lindgren said. “There is that ever-present desire to push things to the limit. Weight issues were limiting me, so therefore the change from clay to painting.”

Lindgren began to explore other mediums, searching to recreate her excitement achieved with clay. While working with oil paint and stretched canvas, Lindgren found the translucent colors of glaze similar to oil paint.

“Anyone who has seen my work will tell you I am not afraid of color,” Lindgren said. “It’s not just about color but making that color jump off the page and say something. It’s about a moment in time, it’s about movement, it’s about taking the traditional flat canvas and screaming at it to say more.”

Lindgren explored a sculpted canvas and found it is about bringing the painted canvas to life, and bringing the viewer into her own domain. From working with paper, to plaster, to stone, to metal and then ceramics, Lindgren found another medium to manipulate within canvas.

“Inspiration comes from shadows, colors or a thought. It’s not hard to find inspiration — I am surrounded by it,” Lindgren said.

Working in three dimensions has always captivated Lindgren. Lindgren explained her works are about the search between the dimensions and the substance within the artwork.

“An artist must be able to create something original, not something easily done,” Lindgren said. “The real question is, ‘Are you a creator or a copier? Are you pulling out the stops and showing your true aspirations?’ When you are original you leave yourself open to heavy criticism, I hope I can say I’m fearless enough to call myself a creator.”

Lindgren’s work requires viewing from many directions. As the viewpoint changes the subject of the painting changes as well. Subject matter within Lindgren’s works varies from jumping off the canvas, to requiring a deeper look.

Lindgren hopes to push her sculpted canvas technique beyond any of her previous work.

“How am I going to push this technique in the future?” Lindgren said. “I’m not going to give details on this; even 007 couldn’t drag it out of me. Let’s just say I intend to be more outrageous and you will have to follow to find out.”