Artspan sits down with Brooklyn-based printmaker Linda Adato.
I often start an image from a photograph that I have taken, but also work directly from sketches from my immediate surroundings. I begin, of course, with the composition and ideas come to mind in the development of the image. The light and colors are no less important and involve much trial and error to achieve the right relationships between that and the geometry of the composition. I don't intend any mood you speak of, which may nevertheless result from the aesthetics I try to achieve.
Belonging to these organisations has opened many doors for exhibitions and establishing friendships with other artists.
I am currently a member of the council of SAGA (The Society of American Graphic Artists) and was president from 2007-2010. Among many duties as president, I arranged a show in Australia for its members, which was a challenging and gratifying experience.
I try to work everyday, mornings are best. I have a studio in my home in Brooklyn with all the equipment I need, replete with etching press, aquatint box and tables for inking plates. I do the acid work in a ventilated shower stall. The studio looks out to my garden and its surrounding buildings and empty lots from which images have emerged and perhaps more will. I take delight in my garden and enjoy the neighborhood cats who visit. I listen to my local NPR station WNYC and later in the day may switch to the classical music station.
I've decided that everyone gets a question from the Proust Questionnaire, and here is yours: What is your favorite virtue?
Favorite virtue: Being true to oneself.
My etchings are scenes that humans do inhabit, so their presence should be sensed even though their figures often do not appear. I love the city and all that it brings. I'm not truly aware of evoking an urban loneliness or mystery, but yet understand how that can be sensed in the image. After all, for the greater part, it's from the unconscious.