Self-taught artist Linds Miyo is a Canadian abstract painter. Born and raised in California, her work strives to evoke the strong, direct light of her childhood. A trauma survivor, Linds is interested in the balance between intention and that which is beyond our control, the meeting place between our best efforts and happenstance. She often uses broad representational panes of textured black in her work, washing layers of colour over top - folding the dark relief of the past into multi-dimensional present-day, with honesty, happiness and sparkle.
Linds Miyo lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She is currently in studio residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto.
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Why I Paint
I've painted all my life. "Oh, I paint... sometimes," I'd say. A pastime, a minor pleasure. Years could pass without painting, but the need was always there. I just wasn’t ready. I left painting alone.
My career, and indeed my existence, were formed by large commercial creative endeavors, moving cross country and then internationally while working in publishing, advertising and branding as an art director, creative director and creative facilitator. I helped others make many great things, a few of which I could even claim as my own - but they never felt quite true to me. It has taken me my entire life to see my truth – this is the time, this is the life, this is my community - I am an artist.
I am an artist because I believe there is more. We all need more. We need the wonder of unexpected beauty. We need light and color that expands our perceptions, which shakes us out of our predictable routines. I want to create the story of that beauty. I want to engage with the joy, to celebrate color, to revel in the power and energy it brings to even the smallest of our experiences.
These pieces are but a few examples of this philosophy. I have been an artist for a short period of time. As I embark on this fresh journey, I am emboldened by the ease at which the work comes. I am letting it flow. I am proud of this first “real” work of my career. Of my life.
There is more.
All paths have led me here.
I am an artist.
I hope that my work brings you happiness.
With colour, art, & love,
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About the Work
Most of my paintings start with the Black.
I love the Black. Chalkboard paint, a heavy texture and drip that I adore.
I add colour, washing it over the top. I paint around, over just a little. I make the Black a beautiful part of a larger whole, absorbed into something greater, with colour, light and soul.
Like many others, I am a survivor.
I’ve had to overcome.
The trauma was there before my memory began recording.
The Black is Me. It is everyone who has ever gotten to the other side.
The Black is volcanic ash that now supports new life.
The Black is a forest fire, burnt ground that is now fertile for discovery.
They are the past.
I decide what comes next.
I will decide what colour.
I will add glitter and varnish on top of the past.
I will make the future.