Linda James

Sleep in the Forest, Dreams of the Sea

COCA Christchurch June 14th - July 1st 2006

In this series of eight large paintings, images of New Zealand bush, river and sea are sourced from postcards, calendars, and scenic picture books. The scenes are painted onto large canvas surfaces textured with clothes.

The combination of the images and their source, the clothes, and the scale of the work create a montage designed to create a dialogue between the paintings and the viewer.

The montage takes these easily referenced components, and puts them together in order to create meanings that can resonate in more complex and layered ways.

The work is intended to generate interest in issues such as identity and place, the contemporary culture of the image, and the shifting positionalities of the painting, the painter and the viewer.



Forest 3 1620 x 2170 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes


Forest 1 1840 x 2500 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes


Forest 2 810 x 2100 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes


Ocean 2 2740 x 1950 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes


Ocean 1 1630 x 1630 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes


River 2 1550 x 1700 Acrylic/oil on canvas and clothes