Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Linda Geary

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Linda Geary is an abstract painter inspired by material processes like cutting, revision, and repair. Using collage and other approaches, her work references “actions of sewing and construction and modes of working that sometimes exist outside of the patriarchal history of painting, more akin to laying a path of stones or making a quilt.” She experiments with the deterioration and destruction of media so that she may find different ways of putting it back together. Geary is a professor and the chair of painting and drawing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner award in 2021.

While at MacDowell, Linda used the late painter Lee Krasner's “Seed Series as a starting point. She made 23 small paintings on panel and canvas (12x18 inches or less) - one for each of her days at MacDowell. These works “touched on processes of opposites, putting the critical editor's voice on the back burner, amplifying new pathways for the work.”



Linda Geary worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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