Linda Klein's paintings in gouache and oil are process-oriented meditations. The images respond to the emotional and political context of two very different places. From 1968 to 1978, Klein lived in Israel.
When she returned for six months in 2001, she began painting with gouache in a way that allowed her to respond to the turmoil all around her. Klein says, "I found the process gave me relief and focus. The paintings developed intuitively, just letting the gouache drip and flow."
Metaphorically, she sees her work as psychological or spiritual maps: maps of contradictory feelings. There is a sense of being behind a barrier and gazing into varied spaces. Since her return to the U.S., Klein has been working with oils in a similar style. She uses a variety of tools, including baryers and palette knife. "I find a different satisfaction," explains Klein, "in the action of digging into and layering the oils. They feel grounded and earthy."