(l) “Margaret of Austria: Without Issue” (1999) 48″ x 34″
(r) “Conundrum” (2001) 78″ x 36″
Linda Wallace’s Statement
I create work primarily in two media: graphite drawings and woven tapestry. My tapestries use layers of symbolic imagery to portray concepts of female infertility, bioethics/biotechnology, and often operate in the spaces between the worlds of academia (science/medicine/philosophy) and the world of art. Visual interpretations of intellectual discussion, where the object and the polemic combine. Beauty and safety of woven cloth used to address points of concern.
The images represented on this artist page are three of the tapestries I created in a series of work investigating issues of female infertility within my own First World, Eurocentric background. The first two examine the lives of historical women who died without heirs to carry on their genetic line and what failure to fulfil the socioeconomic female role requirement of providing the next generation of males would have meant for them. Conundrum brings the discussion forward in time to confront issues of bioethics and the effects of reproductive technological intervention on the contemporary infertile woman. My new work continues to examine advances in biotechnology, of utopian and dystopian visions, from a feminist and technoprogressive viewpoint.
Linda Wallace’s Biography
Artist and feminist. Graduated from the Alberta College of Art with first a 4-year diploma and then a BFA (both with distinction). Background prior to being a full time artist: RN (off and on) in multiple disciplines, but most recently as a charge nurse for Canadian Blood Services. Entrepeneur and businesswoman in the Canadian High Arctic Islands: working with mining/oil and gas companies, adventurers, National Geographic, scientists and royalty. Traveller: lived aboard and cruised in 41′ sailboat, vagabonded through Europe and North America. Currently lives on Vancouver Island, with her husband and partner of 30 years and divides her time between research, advocacy and the creation of work. Tapestries and drawings have been shown in Canada, USA and Australia and are in public and private collections.