Cemetery District Art Viewing
Imagine a pole, a sanctified piece of wood, lodged in the ground. Attached to it is an invisible thread that connects the earth to heaven. Wherever the pole is lodged is the center of the world. Thus is created a sacred space, as people across time and space have been driven again and again to create sacred spaces, refining the concept through metaphor. Metaphor, the chief mechanism through which we grasp abstraction, is our invisible thread, the thread that connects us to land and sky.
Linda Connor is drawn to the unutterable, and through her lens she takes us with her. There is one image, in particular, of a holy tree, a tree in which a niche is carved, and into this niche stillborns and small infant remains are placed. A protective door is carefully crafted and placed over the opening. In time, the tree heals itself, enfolding its small treasure and, in so doing, becomes revered, a tree of mystery, a tree of life.
Using 8” x 10” negatives, Connor creates pieces with inescapably sensual qualities. Her compositional choices – shape, form, line and shadow – bring their own strength, but when combined with the artist’s choices of subject matter, the product is so powerful that the combination of sensuality and substance is intoxicating.
We warmly invite you join us on April 8th and see for yourself. Meet Linda Connor and view her work during a free open house and reception on Sunday, April 8th, between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis CA 95618. The exhibition will be on display for public viewing throughout the month of April, Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Please check www.daviscemetery.org or call (530) 756-7807 for more details.