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 artwork is inspired and informed by my research process and includes the history of the site, scientific issues, maps and aerial photographs. Glass allows me to convey multiple layers of meaning in my work by building up simultaneously visible transparent layers of design. 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 creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. Glass won the prestigious Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship Award in 2012. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science and has been creating art for over twenty years. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Oakland Museum of California and the US Embassy in Moscow. Books and magazines featuring her work include 500 Art Quilts, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft Magazine. Gass is a native Californian and 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.