Lynne Johnson

I am concerned with the structure and surface of forms both in manmade structures and in structures of the natural world.

I study the junctions and direction of tree branches and surface variations of their bark. They demonstrate a response and an adjustment to natural forces, and the process of growth. I look for the hidden logic of paths of water, cracks, and growth – and the natural forces that determine those paths.

The demolition or decomposition of urban buildings and bridges exposes their inner structures, creating new complexities of linear twisted beams, bent rebars, and textural concrete surfaces. The transition – ends and new beginnings – speaks of the passage of time. The process is a testament to the laws of the universe: gravity, tensile strength of materials, and the rate at which materials crumble.

My concern for the environment includes trash found along roadways and our recycling of it, as well as what affect climate change is having on the natural environment.

Melting Glacier and Past Location 2016, 36×17, etching

Thicket in Two parts, 14 x 21, polymer plate etching

Hot Bark Duet, 21 x 16, polymer plate etching

Metal Cube Proliferation Map 2, 18 x 22, linocut

Street Finds, The Inside Story, 18x24x2, collagraph, casting, collage, acrylic

Live Wire and Scraps, 22×15, polymer plate etching, collagraph, collage, hand-coloring