Mnemosyne: an exploration of myth & memory
As spring is a time of revival, "Mnemosyne" celebrates an imagined return of old mythologies to modern cityscapes. Named in honor of the forgotten goddess of time and memory, Mnemosyne (pronounced nee-MOS-suh-nee), the series is a tribute to what these figures represented and contemplates those spirits present in our culture. These paintings celebrate the wonder of renewal, transformation, the endurance of mystery, and the hellish challenges endured. Characters from lore, including Egyptian, Greek, and Native American, fly amongst the skyscrapers and drift through streets.
Linden considers this show a reemergence after the process of recovering from a divorce and reinventing her life. “While I have had personal challenges,” Linden said, “my hope is that any observer of these paintings will find their own journey reflected.”
"My paintings are meant to be portals," comments the artist. "I use an ancient painting technique and symbols of the past to connect with the present observer, using an archival process that will last for generations and be carried into the future."
Many of the works are encaustics, an ancient painting technique which combines beeswax, resin and pigment to achieve a layered luminescence. The beeswax is melted, painted on the panel and fused using a blowtorch or a heat gun. The painting is further manipulated with razor blades and other sharp implements.
Linden’s art gives nods to Art Nouveau, Lowbrow and children’s picture books. She exhibited throughout metro Detroit, including the Damned Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, and the Scarab Club. She helps foster art programs at the Ferndale Public Library. You can view her work atfacebook.com/LynzCreates and at LindenArtworks.com.