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Linwood L. Nichols

Loft Gallery Artist, Ceramics and Painting,

Imagination and Inspiration

Conversations and Coffee Program on 7-27-2017

Columbus Cultural Arts Center

 

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Artist’s Statement

 

I believe imagination and creativity are essential for the growth and well-being of the human race. In the same way that it’s important to put love out in the universe for it to grow, it’s important to put out creativity and imagination. Of course, if someone likes my work because they think it’s pretty that’s okay too.

Pattern recognition is advanced in humans as a survival mechanism. My abstract work utilizes this fact to attempt to stimulate imagination to create patterns or images in the mind of the viewer. I try not to make my titles too descriptive so as to not restrict the viewer’s imagination with my own.

In my figurative works, I paint a lot of flowers. There’s a plein air influence because I grow a lot of them. They are also not realistic, by which I mean photographic, because I have no formal training and am considered an outsider. Another influence could be my countercultural youth. Not only are flowers beautiful to look at, they impart a sense of peace. Subconscious peace signs if you will.

I use a wide variety of techniques and am constantly changing to different combinations. Since I know that human beings have a wide range of opinions on what is interesting and attractive I want to appeal to the widest audience.

I take specific combinations of techniques that I like and do more of them. By rotating between technique combinations, I keep my interest and imagination fresh. I also don’t want to self-limit myself by confining myself to one “ism” or another, some works are combinations.

The same principle underlies my exhibition as a whole. I present my entire output, paintings and ceramics, as a single body of work.

The ceramic pieces are hand-built. The wheel, for me, feels too form-restrictive. I also choose to leave in small “imperfections” so that it is obviously the product of the hands and not factory made. I want the feel of something made from the earth. I enjoy the sculptural, the abstract and the functional.

The same principles that influence my paintings inform my clay works. I strive to constantly create new forms to incite the imagination.