My Daily Art
My Daily Art . . . Over life-sized on a pedestal, she stands over two meters tall, sheathed in sculpted white plaster – honest, direct, and imposing in every way.
The Toronto artist, Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) was best known for her small-scale landscapes inspired by the Group of Seven but she was always interested in sculpture. This monumental work in the WAG collection was a critical pivot in her career as a sculptor.
“Linda” was produced in 1932 to express the artist’s feelings about the state of the human resolve and spirit during the Great Depression. Wood had planned to do a bronze cast of the sculpture but that changed when the artist Bertram Brooker purchased the work from her and immediately donated it to the WAG.
Wood was a founding member of the Sculptor’s Society of Canada and the Canadian Arts Council, and played an important role in the establishment of support systems for artists. Shortly after producing the WAG piece, she wrote: “Sculptural form is not the imitation of natural form any more than poetry is the imitation of natural conversation.”
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