‘When first I walk into a darkened room, my eyes need to adjust; a short period of visual insecurity stimulates ideas; moments that much of my work relates to.’
Lindy Norton has always been able to use drawing as a means of generating atmosphere. Purposefully developed and well practiced observation skills enable her to subtly change the truth of light and darkness, to amplify uncertainties.
Norton’s drawings and dry point etchings have a physical urgency, the energies required to generate the compositions are retained, enlivening the work with an uneasy breath. Beasts from Africa may wander along the window sill, a sailor boy may sit in an armchair with teddy bears or an entrance hall may contain vague shapes that cannot be identified as friendly or hostile.
Her paintings in both water colour and oil paint are just as accomplished as her drawings and prints. Her use of light, subject matter and her selected range of colours amplify surreal associations.
Lindy Norton’s work welcomes us uneasily into a friendly twilight zone, allow yourself to consider her interiors and their occupants: your perceptions may shift, just slightly.