Viz City was privileged to interview artist Lynda Lanker in connection with her current participation with the show at the White Lotus Gallery: She Flies With Her Own Wings: Celebrating Female Artistry
Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 13
INTRO: You’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. There is a rich new exhibit up in the White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette in Eugene called “She Flies With Her Own Wings: Celebrating Female Artistry,” featuring ten Oregon women artists, including Lynda Lanker, who is showing two still lifes of orchids. Why still lifes, Lynda?
"Still lifes are--they’re indoor paintings, I can control them really well, they can tell a story, but they don’t have to. I’ve just never … been outside that much--it’s not like I’m a hermit, indoors--I know that’s going to sound really weird <laughs>>. The thing about landscape is...I mean, how do you know where to stop? It’s just this vast panorama. I find that composing with the portrait subject … or a still life is a lot more manageable. It’s just the way I visualize paintings."
What is unique about Lynda’s orchid portraits at the White Lotus show is that her medium is one many of us have never heard of, egg tempera.
"I paint in a lot of different media because each one has its own expressive qualities. Egg tempera is one that I am particularly fond of in this last, say, decade or so...it has a very luminous quality to it; it’s not something a lot of artists work with. The thing that gives egg tempera its luminous quality … is...it’s a very translucent paint film, so you have to have layer upon layer. That creates the luminosity. The light goes down through the layers, hits the white gesso at the bottom, then bounces back up, and ...the quality is just not like any other painting medium.
You can see Lynda’s luminous yellow orchids at the White Lotus Gallery through April 13.
Viz City is co-produced by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen.
Date of Interview: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Date of Broadcast: Wed. Apri 3, 2019