Craddock, Linda

Linda Craddock was born and raised in Vegreville, Alberta.  With a desire to be an artist, Linda attended the Alberta College of Art and graduated in 1974.  In 1988 she received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.  Today she lives in Calgary, where she maintains a studio practice with her partner Peter Deacon (RCA).

This series of work is titled “Levitas.”  “The experience of levitation exists in our dreams and all dreams are based upon our past experiences. A desire to be “free” or to transcend the bounds of gravity also results in our spiritual aspirations and changes the shape of our memories.

I have a heartfelt appreciation of Banff National Park and its position within the collective psyche of all Canadians. Initially, I chose to reference the popular Gondola rides that carried tourists to the summit of Sulfur Mountain and Mount Norquay. I ventured back in time to the open chair gondola that existed in the 1950’s. I drew a female form being mechanically lifted but decided to erase the wires that held the chair, and then I erased the chair, as there was no need to depict the device itself. She ascended, unrestrained. At that moment, my exploration took on an added dimension.”

Linda’s work has been exhibited internationally in public exhibitions in the U.S.A, Poland and the Czech Republic.  Nationally there have been exhibits in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec including a touring exhibition with the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.  In Alberta, public exhibitions have the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, the Glenbow Museum and the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary. Her work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections in Canada and Europe.