Australia Remembered, 2020, Mixed Media on Paper, 12 x 12 inches, framed.
Since Garfield was unable to travel due to the pandemic, she has been creating images from her memory and mind’s eye of the 7 continents she was lucky enough to visit before. This work is inspired by her travels to Australia.
Garfield writes on her practice, "My use of traditional printmaking techniques combined with experimental approaches is a means of expanding my visual language. The possibilities are exponential. Nature nurtures and inspires me. I combine elements of nature, texture and design along with the magic of the press. I am intrigued by memory and what remains in our mind’s eye. My work reflects scenes from travel near and far. More than a report on how it was exactly, I am interested in my expressive and passionate response to the color and pattern of the landscape, experience or image. The fluid space of memory, influenced by time, place and experience, forms the foundation of content for my work. I merge aspects of experience and observations with imagined and remembered sensations to create non-objective work that reflects life and memory. My work has overlapping layers of color and space, shifting relationships with mark-making that includes monotype, silkscreen, stencil, image transfer as well as drawing. Inspired by travel, I am creating visual memoirs that offer multiple meanings to the viewer. My focus on the process, not the outcome, frees me to be experimental. Following my passion and living my dream energizes me to be productive and alive. I feel like I am now living out loud. I want to share that passion and joie de vivre with those seeing my work, triggering a memory or experience for the viewer."
Linda Dubin Garfield, an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs exploring the mystery of memory and the magic of place, using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage and digital imaging. Garfield also provides art-making workshops to several organizations like Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers for Older Adults, Simpson House and Atria Senior Living. She founded ARTsisters, a group of professional artists who empower each other and their community through art, and smART business consulting, which provides business consulting and coaching to emerging artists.