Invented Worlds | Paintings

By Lin Price

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Introduction by Lin Price

"Field Mice" by Lin PriceThe paintings presented here attempt to find a crossroads between the noble and mundane in landscapes that, though invented and abstracted, are just as real to me as the scenery outside my window, perhaps even more so. I use the structures of the visual world plus color, line, shape, and form to reveal the psychological landscapes of an inner life.

Although informed by everyday life and experience, these works aren’t linear, nor do they tell stories (at least that’s not my intention). In fact, like dreams, they sometimes don’t make a lot of sense. Compositionally, shapes and spaces that could be interpreted as either architectural or natural open up like portals into new spaces, enhancing this dream-like quality.

Within these invented worlds, ecologies are formed by the relationships of the occupants (human, insect, animal, plant) to one another and to their surroundings. The activities and gestures of humans are often mirrored in those of animals and insects. An Everyman character is pivotal to most of the work in this ongoing series, as he tries to cope with the struggles, anticipation, longing, worry, guilt, absurdity, joy, and even wonder that life unfolds before him.

ARTerrain Gallery | Invented Worlds
By Lin Price

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About the Artist

Lin PriceLin Price is a painter based in Upstate New York. She received a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA in painting from Bard College/Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in Annandale, New York. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include the Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, New York, and the Dowd Gallery at State University of New York at Cortland.

Her work has also been included in small group exhibitions at Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, New York; XL Projects in Syracuse, New York; Rackham Gallery/University of Michigan; and the H. F. Johnson Museum of Art/Cornell University. Her work is in the collections of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute and numerous private collections.

Find more of Lin’s work at is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, artwork, case studies, and more since 1997.