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Linda Peacock

I was born in Quebec City. I moved to Vancouver in the early 70’s where I studied interior design. I moved to Australia where I became acquainted with a very different natural world in Northern Queensland and Western Australia, discovering many beautiful and stunning botanicals. I further nurtured my new interest in flora in New Zealand where I grew flowers there for nearly six years.

In the mid 80’s, now back in Quebec, I studied floral design with a number of teachers there and operated a dried flower business supplying hotels and various private venues with preserved floral arrangements. Western Canada however, by the end of the 90’s, had tired of the charming romantic country look of the dried bouquet, or so was my impression, a year after living here. Thus I began to work with materials in my immediate environment playing with elements from the sea, field, marsh, woods and the cultivated garden. Interesting objects have found their way into my compositions causing them to become more sculptural.

As I work I allow the materials to dictate and make their own suggestions. This usually produces a more interesting, surprising and satisfying piece of art. The most common materials can be breathtaking when brought into focus and even more so if they tell a story or evoke something in you.

 

Linda est née à Québec. Elle étudie le design d’intérieur à Vancouver.
Pendant un séjour de six ans en Australie & en Nouvelle Zélande, elle découvre un monde floral qui éveille en elle une passion pour la botanique.
De retour au Québec, elle étudie le design floral et part une petite entreprise se spécialisant en fleurs séchées qu’elle cultive et fournie arrangements floraux aux particuliers, hotels, boutiques et autres organisations.
Un douze ans sur l’Ile de Vancouver, munie de nouvelles matières à utiliser, sa direction artistique change. Le design floral se métamorphose en compositions sculpturales. Là elle met sur pied et devient la coordinatrice d’un circuit des arts qui s’intitule “The Stinking Fish Studio Tour”. Elle fait des expositions solo et de groupe dans quelques galeries d’art de la capitale. Ses compositions sont abstraites, elles évoquent émotions, thèmes ou humour. Les éléments de ses pièces proviennent de son environnement proche, son jardin et ses voyages.

 

Artist Statement


‘Response to the Land’

A background in interior and floral design brought me to this artform. My daily walks and my love of collecting natural materials drive me to create these evocative one–of-a-kind compositions. I work with exotics as well as common botanicals found in my immediate environment and my garden. All parts of the plant are useful; roots, stems, foliage, flowers and pods. I work with elements from the sea, the field, the marsh, the woods and the cultivated garden. Found objects find their way into my work to enhance and evoke. My inspiration comes from how beautifully the elements play together by way of contrasting textures, forms and movements. I allow the materials to dictate during the process, making the task of producing much more surprising, fun and rewarding.

 

‘Répondre au Paysage’
Une formation en design d’intérieur et en design floral ainsi qu’une passion pour la cueillette des différents matériaux dans la nature, m’ont conduit vers cette discipline. Je travaille avec les matières de mon environnement proche et celles plus exotiques provenant de voyages, pour créer mes oeuvres.
Toutes les parties de la plante m’intéresse, les racines, la tige, le feuillage, la fleur, la fève et la graine. Elles sont trouvées dans le champs, l’étang, le bois, la mer et le jardin cultivé.
Quelques fois j’utilise pour animer les pièces. Les matériaux choisis en inspirent la composition, créant ainsi des sculptures évocatrices. Les sculptures sont parfois abstraites, parfois figuratives. A chaque fois, il sagit d’une célébration de la nature.