Few subjects seem more innocuous than forests and flowers, but context can change everything. In her latest exhibition, Seattle painter Linda Davidson juxtaposes pastoral images with depictions of scenes that are far more ominous, and the effect is purposely unsettling. KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, joins us now to share his observations on this provocative show.
Landscape painter Linda Davidson thinks sequentially. Her current show of 18 three-foot square paintings is mounted as a narrative, rather like a graphic novel or a filmstrip. Though the paintings are also intended to stand alone (which they do quite handsomely, in most cases), the relationships between the images is clearly something to which the artist attaches great importance, and it decisively shapes the way we experience her pictures.