Linda Johns graduated in 2003 from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London. Since graduating she has regularly shown work in London and the East Midlands and has exhibited in a variety of outdoor environments.
Linda worked closely with the Forestry Commission to develop Art in Salcey Forest:
"This series of nine sculptures has been inspired by my observations and experiences whilst walking in Salcey Forest. Made from fine wires and natural materials they are intended to blend with their environment rather than imposing upon it – if you look closely you will discover forms which I hope will add to your enjoyment of this very special place.
The sculptures continue my ongoing interest in depicting three-dimensional forms through line, and combine images of the archetypal inhabitants of forests and other wild places, with inspiration from quantum theories of energy and inter-relatedness."
Light comprises five 'beams' coming out of the trunk of this Oak tree in a spiral, each 'beam' formed from nine stainless steel wires. I use nine a lot in my work as this is a fascinating number - all multiples of nine, when the individual numbers are added together, make nine (e.g. 5 x 9 wires = 45, 4+5=9). Light is a pure expression of my interest in using line to draw in 3-dimensions.
The patterns in my right eye enlarged, drawn and finally sculpted - stainless steel wires with a copper wire spiral form Iris. For me this expresses both my own vision of the forest and the vision of visitors as they are encouraged to look closely at their surroundings in order to find the sculptures.
Body weave III
Body weave III (copper wire) hangs below a branch as though on an invisible hammock, exploring the notion from quantum physics that we are energy/space rather than solid matter. At the same time this figure - ephemeral and almost invisible against the forest canopy, occasionally clearly apparent depending on the light and weather - explores the idea of a mythical forest creature, one of the denizens of the forest as seen/imagined by our ancestors.
Spirit weave II
A stainless steel wire pattern, suggesting the bark of the ash tree, 'clothes' Spirit weave II as she appears to be emerging from the tree trunk to look down at the viewer.
Regular visitors to this part of the forest may well recognise this particular fallen tree. It is such a sculptural object and so much a part of this area of the forest that I had to include it as part of the art walk. Working carefully with what already exists I have used woodstain and sanding to subtly emphasise and define the 'spirit' I see when walking here.
Based on the geodesic patterns created when I make Pine needle figures, Geodesic weave is made using brass wire. Another 'denizen of the forest', I installed this sculpture with its clay former intact allowing the interaction of the weather to erode this away to reveal the sculpture.
A seed reduced to a single drawn line - Falling seeds describes in lines of welded mild steel rod the particular spiral pattern of an ash seed falling. Hanging from an Ash tree it spins gently in the breeze.
In an area of the forest cleared of Pine trees to allow natural regeneration of native species, this sculpture references the Pines which have gone (through 'lines' of machined pine), Hazel which is one of the first woody plants to regenerate (spiral lines of Hazel twirl up the Pine), and the actual regeneration currently occuring in this area (a Honeysuckle is growing up the sculpture, creating its own spiral pattern).
|Wood spirit II|
For this final sculpture I have pared down the branches from the top of a fallen ash tree (which reminded me of antlers) to form Wood spirit II. A reference to the antlered god of the woods once worshiped by our ancestors, I encourage visitors to add their own 'offerings' to this sculpture and thus to the forest.