ART ISSUE #20

"Month Five" by Sally Linder, 30" x 52" Oil, Ink, Tar on Drafting Film, 2012, Mud Season Review
“Month Five” by Sally Linder, 30″ x 52″ Oil, Ink, Tar on Drafting Film, 2012

 

Sally Linder

 

Approaching a Threshold

 

 

"Water on Both Sides" by Sally Linder, 56" x 38" Acrylic on Canvas, 2011, Mud Season Review

“Water on Both Sides” by Sally Linder, 56″ x 38″ Acrylic on Canvas, 2011

 

 

 

"Canary" by Sally Linder, 36" x 36" Oil, Wax, Oil Stick, Oil Pastel, Tar on Drafting Film, 2010, Mud Season Review

“Canary” by Sally Linder, 36″ x 36″ Oil, Wax, Oil Stick, Oil Pastel, Tar on Drafting Film, 2010

 

 

 

"Legacy" by Sally Linder, 60" x 44" Oil on Canvas, 2012, Mud Season Review

“Legacy” by Sally Linder, 60″ x 44″ Oil on Canvas, 2012

 

 

 

"April 20, 2010, 9:56 CDT" by Sally Linder, 36" x 56" Asphalt, Oil, Oil Stick on Drafting Film, Mud Season Review

“April 20, 2010, 9:56 CDT” by Sally Linder, 36″ x 56″ Asphalt, Oil, Oil Stick on Drafting Film

 

 

 

"Custody" by Sally Linder, 49" x 30" Tar, Oil, Wax, Oil Pastel, Pastel on Drafting Film, 2010, Mud Season Review

“Custody” by Sally Linder, 49″ x 30″ Tar, Oil, Wax, Oil Pastel, Pastel on Drafting Film, 2010

 

 

 

"Sentient Being" by Sally Linder, 48" x 72" Acrylic on Canvas, 2010, Mud Season Review

“Sentient Being” by Sally Linder, 48″ x 72″ Acrylic on Canvas, 2010

 

 

 

Artist statement:

The polar bear may be just the canary in the coal mine… If we can save the polar bears, we will ultimately save ourselves.”  – Theodore Roosevelt IV

The Arctic spreads out from the top of Earth, a grand checkered tablecloth upon which the cosmos feasts. It is a landscape shockingly pristine; its noble inhabitants of land, ice and sea, diplomats of a place worth saving. Henry D. Thoreau got it right when he wrote: “in wildness is the preservation of the world.”

Humankind straddles a threshold. The Arctic is rapidly unraveling: white ice to black water. As oil, gas, and coal extraction and exploration mounts a feeding frenzy, I wonder if in my lifetime I will witness the extinction of Arctic life incarnate, the polar bear. I spend my days painting the bears, humbly joining my soul with theirs, in belief of the Inuit legend of interspecies soul exchange.

These paintings arise from sketches done over the last six years in the high Arctic of Svalbard, Greenland, Alaska and Nunavut.

Life wants to live. Life so completely wants to live… and to the degree that we consider ourselves among and allied with the living, our task is clear: to help life live.”  – Derrick Jensen

Sally Linder

Sally Linder travels Earth’s varied landscapes with sketchbooks in hand, recording everything from the gaze of South Africa’s children to the movement of polar bears across ice: listening attentively to life’s often unheard whispers. She lives and paints in Vermont. View more of her artwork at: SallyLinder.com

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