Annual Sinton Lecture: Using Beauty and Textiles to Look at Hard Environmental Realities
Linda Gass, “Some day there may be no more snow: California snowpack 1959 – 2019,”; thread lace installation (Cotton, rayon and clear polyester monofilament thread, dissolvable stabilizer, fabric stiffener, magnets, nails), 58 x 90 x 1¼ in. © Linda Gass. Photograph by Don Tuttle.
How do we respond to a situation as troubling as climate change? What will inspire us to change our behavior? Artist Linda Gass makes artwork using beauty to encourage people to look at the hard environmental issues we face. Working in textile, glass, and installation art, Linda addresses the relationship between humans and the water and land that sustains them. Her artwork explores how landscapes change over time focusing on those places where destruction and renewal, wounding and healing, and absence and presence overlap. Join Linda’s presentation to go on a photographic journey that looks at the inspiration behind her artwork—from the wilderness areas of California to the significant evidence of climate change in the American West. She will share images of the artwork she made in response to her experience of the landscape and her research, as well as a behind-the-scenes view into her artistic process. You will leave with a new awareness for the impacts of climate change and an appreciation for how art can play an important role in educating the public.
Linda Gass is a Bay Area artist best known for her intricately stitched paintings about climate change, water, and land use. She learned to love textiles as a child when her grandmother taught her to sew and embroider. Winner of Fleishhacker Foundation’s prestigious Eureka Fellowship in 2012, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Museum of Craft and Design, Oakland Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and US Embassy in Moscow. Her work has also been published in books and magazines, including National Geographic’s All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, 500 Art Quilts, and American Craft. When she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping, and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.
In person at the Koret Auditorium door: $5.
Virtual: $5 for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco members and students, $10 for the general public.
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The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies.