About Linda McFetridge
Exploring themes around connection, interaction and the coming together of different elements and influences, Linda’s work creates a visual representation of thoughts ideas and emotions in the surrealism of alternate worlds.
Linda grew up on the coast on a dairy farm in the shadow of Mt Taranaki. After completing her psychology degree Linda worked many years in the performing arts industry as a performer and choreographer. She established a career in the film and screen industry, finding a niche as a movement coach and casting director. It was at that time she began painting. Working with images through the camera lead a natural progression from a performing artist to a visual artist.
Linda’s strong background in movement and dance play influence to how she paints with an almost choreographic flow and manipulation.
Coming from a foundation in her earlier landscape paintings, her work explores the nature in which growth, movement and interaction forms imagery that the viewer can experience in their own unique way. In the abstract, suggestion, the psychological process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behaviour of another person, allows for an interesting discussion or interaction between the work and the viewer, purposely inducing levels of pareidolia in their perception of the work.
"Distorted and abstract, yet we search for familiar and identifiable structures, as our brain attempts to provide an explanation or story to what is perceived"