Quill Pen Drawings by Joan Linder

Ink on paper (detail), Installation at White Columns NY, by Joan Linder

Joan Linder creates large-scale quill pen and ink and ballpoint pen drawings filled with woven tactile imagery. Based in Brooklyn and Buffalo, NY, Linder often depicts flowers and trees (or household objects and indoor scenes) with an attention to detail reminiscent of vintage botanical illustrations, but with a scale and often monotone palette that makes the images modern. Linder describes her work:
In culture hyper-saturated by electronic imagery I use the traditional materials of a quill pen and a bottle of ink to create large-scale images that persist in exploring and claiming the sub-technological process of observation and mark making[...]The sleight or sloppiness of hand creates an awkward and intimate surface which is compounded by the definitive and energized process of cross hatching.
Black Weed, 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Black Weed, 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Black Weed (detail), 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Black Weed (detail), 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Dandelion (detail), 2010, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

Dandelion (detail), 2010, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Ink on paper, Installation at White Columns NY, by Joan Linder

Ink on paper, Installation at White Columns NY, by Joan Linder

   
Ink on paper (detail), Installation at White Columns NY, by Joan Linder

Ink on paper (detail), Installation at White Columns NY, by Joan Linder

   
Ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
The Bar, 2007, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

The Bar, 2007, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Back Bar, 2007, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Back Bar, 2007, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Mattress, 2010, color pencil on paper, by Joan Linder

Mattress, 2010, color pencil on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Where death delights in helping the living, 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Where death delights in helping the living, 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Where death delights in helping the living (detail), 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

Where death delights in helping the living (detail), 2010, ink on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Kaufhof, 2000, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

Kaufhof, 2000, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Oberschoneweide, 2000, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

Oberschoneweide, 2000, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Watch Tower, 2001, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

Watch Tower, 2001, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

   
Washington and York, 2001, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

Washington and York, 2001, ballpoint on paper, by Joan Linder

   

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