I am inspired by the connections between humans and the water and land that sustain them. In my work, I visually juxtapose vulnerability and resilience, past memory and future possibilities.
Growing up in Los Angeles during the drought years made me aware of the preciousness of water and that realization has turned into a passion for incorporating water related concerns into my art. I’m drawn to the birds-eye view of the landscape and the human marks and patterns that are revealed by this view. My study of these marks leads me to ask questions about how they affect the health of our water resources. My artwork is inspired and informed by my research process and includes the history of the site, scientific issues, maps and aerial photographs.
I work in textiles (stitched paintings), glass and land art installation. The aesthetic of beauty is important in all of my work; it helps make the serious and difficult nature of the subject matter I’m addressing more approachable.
Bay Area artist Linda Gass, winner of the prestigious 2012 Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship Award, creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for two decades. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including 500 Art Quilts, The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft.