"At a time when we surround ourselves with mass produced items, to be able to visually embrace the simplicity and uniqueness of the handmade is a joy."
- Linda Lees
Northeast artist Linda Lees has been studying and practicing art for over 30 years, experimenting in many areas, but with a particular focus on photography.
In recent years, Lees' longstanding interest in sculpture saw her move into ceramics, where she formed intimately scaled works using slab construction techniques and experimented with glazes and combinations of forms.
It was the formal qualities of the works that fuelled Lee’s process, with each piece presented as though it was a stoneware maquette for a yet unrealised Modernist masterwork. With many of the works, Lees played direct tribute to the revered British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. This connection, along with the ever-present allusions to 20th century modernism, playfully placed Lees' new works in a long sculptural tradition, even as the artist attempted to break new creative ground.