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Tree With Vines

by Linda Carpenter

Tree With Vines

16" x 20"

Donated in 2001 by the artist

Artist's Statement

A native Floridian, Linda Carpenter has been photographing the landscape since 1978 when she began exploring the landscape with infrared film. “Tree With Vines” is one of many infrared images completed between 1978 and 1990. “I grew up in Florida, and so have an affinity for nature.”

Carpenter’s photographs have been included in museum collections and numerous juried and invitational exhibitions in Florida and the United States, including the University of Oklahoma Museum of Art; the Greenville County South Carolina Museum of Art; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; The Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y.; the Cornell Fine Arts Center of Rollins College; the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; LaGrange, Georgia, the Florida Capitol Galleries Complex, Tallahassee, FL, and others.

An instructor at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, Carpenter teaches intermediate and advanced classes in Infrared Photography, The Art of Photographing People, and Interpreting Self and Family. She also has curated exhibitions on photographers Judy Dater, Jerry Uelsmann, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Robert Fichter, and other artists. And she has received grants from the Florida humanities Council (1999), United Arts of Central Florida (1999), and also completed an international photographic residency at the Atlantic Center of the Arts (2002).

“My images emanate from an intuitive response to visual elements in the environment that stimulate my imagination. Sometimes, usually long after the image is first conceived, I discover new meanings underlying the obvious visual details. Certain motifs gradually emerge.” Recently Carpenter has been working on a series of “dysfunctional landscapes” related to icons that alter the meaning of, or challenge our perceptions of, the natural landscape.

“My ideas about the landscape have changed over the years. I am no longer interested in romantic, idealized images, but now enjoy looking for stark vistas where something has been left by man.”

Carpenter has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Florida State University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Rollins College.