Portland Oregon based artist Sam Linton values Craft and the time spent in the process. Working with various materials and mediums, from ceramic to fibers, conceptual to functional. Her conceptual work often revolves around issues of anxiety; and human relationships to nature and the constructed boundaries that separate us from it.
    I explore process through craft. I find process to be the most enjoyable and rewarding part of making. By slowing down and enjoying processes that take a long time I find a contemplative place, a meditative frame of mind.
    My work often revolves around issues of anxiety, my own and human relationships to nature and the constructed boundaries that separate us from it. Exploring the ways in which we interact within natural spaces, or bring pieces of nature into spaces separated from the natural world.
    In addition to my conceptual and installation work, I make functional work. When it comes to my work that is functional, I find there is a connection with the work when you use your hands and spend time with the materials. I feel that functional work continues to work with this connection after creation. A mug used daily for that cup of coffee, or a teapot and cup used like a ritual to brew a pot of tea. There is continual contact with the functional, in a sense a relationship is formed with these objects. Sharing connection through a handmade object nourishes my soul.


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