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(26) Linda Weil - Toybox of Dramas
‘Dolls, Cars and Toys that Move’ prompted me to peer into the toybox of my childhood and imagination. Open the lid of this imaginary container and you instantly realise that my dolls led a traumatic life. My best friend George-Next-Door reluctantly played ‘Mums and Dads’ and treated my dollies violently. We both enjoyed giving the ‘real hair’ doll a haircut in the hope that it would grow back curly. It was lucky I was not overly fond of dolls so was not too concerned that tugs-of-war would detach heads and limbs even though it meant trouble and a smack from my mother. I took revenge on George, when, as a fiercely competitive and excellent player of marbles, I won several of his best Dinky cars. Then his mother discovered his diminishing car collection, stopped our games, and lectured us on the evils of gambling. Together George and I would play dress ups, race cars, smash down towers of blocks, demolish wind-up toys to see how they worked and decapitate dolls while playing Cowboys and Indians. We both desperately wanted to Ride the Range on a real pony, but this was not to be, for how could we be trusted with a living animal when we treated our toys so savagely? I was sad when George moved away when I was six. My mother was glad to see him go, but I never found another friend who was quite so delightfully destructive. I wonder where he is now.
Linda Weil; Artist’s statement.
I am passionate about the art of drawing in all forms; pencils, inks, charcoal even linework in brush. My first and best loved medium is graphite pencil on a quality hot press paper. I love the directness of the medium, the sensual feel of the drag of pencil across paper that makes an immediate mark. Graphite is a rich, expressive, and exhaustive medium that many undervalue. For me, a pencil will let me convey a variety of thoughts, ideas, and emotions in a uniquely individual way.
My artistic career has spanned many years working in print mediums, advertising, and publications. This working experience has taught me the value of telling a complex story with a minimalist palette in line and tone in my private practice. ‘Painting’ with a pencil allows me to explore a vast range of tonal effects from needle sharp contour line to soft, velvety depths of shade. Mechanical gizmos fascinate me, and I enjoy engineering reality and life with the technical. I find it sheer enjoyment to explore the intricacies of detail within a concept, its’ mechanics, surface textures and relationship to the world.
View Linda’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Linda was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
Newnes’ Pictorial Encyclopedia
Familiar Things and how they are made.
Dolls, cars and Horses that move.