SAMSTAG ALUMNI 2001

Linda Marrinon
Born 1959, East Melbourne, Victoria

The contemporary feel of the work of Linda Marrinon comes through its inventive engagement with the past: through the principle of selective affinity she constructs an alternative history of art, something that could have been, but wasn't until now. Her paintings of the early 1990s rewrote the answers to the formal issues exercising the early Modernism of the School of Paris, through marrying the neoclassical tradition with the comic strip. Her most recent sculptural works suggest the nineteenth century atelier: in materials (terracotta biscuit) and subject (smallscale versions of architectural edifices). The facture of the work plays the idea of the academic sketch off against something more contemporary like 'claymation'; their impressionist spontaneity is barbed with sly humour.

In Interior of National Gallery the sculpted scene includes part of a painting. The literal imitation of painting in sculpture, coupled with the 'impressionist' technique of rendering  upposedly an approach to sculpture learned from painting constructs an elaborate joke around the idea of 'painterly' sculpture as 'sculptured' painting. Whatever game of references might be at play however, it is clear that Marrinon is just as sincerely absorbed in the logic of making the work, the necessities of technique, and the delight of physical touch: most apparent in her recent figure sculptures.

Robyn McKenzie from her Samstag catalogue essay, Art and Research
 
2001 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2001 Graduate Program, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA 
1999 Master of Fine Art (Sculpture), Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne 
1982 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne