Linda J Johaneson
Upon first glance, my work appears to be a painting. I invite you to take a closer look, to discover that it is made of fiber: roving wool, silk, wool, organza and other fibers, to create scenes that say, “I’ve been there!” It becomes the essence of a place; remembered and cherished: a wheat field, seen as we travel west, the view from our dock, or a freshly cut field that I drive by every day and see with renewed sensitivity for beauty that exists in the ordinary.
The fibers/fabrics are layered and needle-felted, fused and/or stitched to create this perspective of simple and somewhat abstracted landscapes. I embrace serendipity in my work, when a loose thread takes on a windblown look, or a frayed edge becomes a tree line in the far distance. My more recent work is taking on an abstract sense of the visual rhythms found in nature and water.
I have been an art teacher at the secondary level in Minnesota for 32 years. I began my career in the Silver Lake School district and, until recently, taught in Wayzata Public Schools, motivating young people to experiment visually, creatively, and to understand the world around them by studying art. Now it’s my turn, and I am devoting time to making art myself, and am excited about the prospect of nurturing my creative self.
Bemidji State University
Bachelor of Science, Teaching, Art Major
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Master’s of Art Education