Linda Prokop - Artist’s Statement
My favorite thing about being an artist is that I am absolutely certain that it is what I am supposed to be doing on this planet. I have a grounded, consistent knowledge of this fact, and it is a fundamental source of comfort and strength. My work is derived directly from my life experiences, which I draw from in order to communicate universal human experiences such as hope, perseverance, frustration, joy, and love.
In the course of my work, as a creative process, I am reminded of my spirituality. I know that when I work, I am not alone or in charge. When my work is going well, I am filled with gratitude for having an abundance of positive creative energy. I consistently return to a place, through my work, that yields a profound sense of peace, contentment, and awe. My favorite medium is bronze sculpture. When I sculpt in clay, I can see, through my mind’s eye, what the finished bronze sculpture will look like. Sculpting engages all of my senses and demands intense concentration. I enjoy this experience immensely. My favorite tools are my hands because the finger impressions on a finished piece reveal the intimacy from the initial moments of creative discovery. I also use a wooden potter’s rib and a small wooden tool similar to the blunt end of a spoon because they make beautiful marks. I would like people who see my work to understand it through their own life experiences.
I began sculpting after moving to Colorado from Indiana in 1985. I had just received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking and was hired as an assistant secretary for a bronze sculptor. Eventually, I found myself in the studio, learning the process of sculpting in bronze. It took several years for me to find my voice as a bronze sculptor, but I owe so much of it to the strength of my knowledge that formed during that time of discovery. My current work attempts to depict ideas or visions that I’ve had, usually in dream form, that I think would tell a good visual story. By doing this work, I am exploring the spiritual connection I value in my life and in my work, and am continually seeking to evolve and expand. In that way, I hope to continue challenging myself as an artist.