Lynda Fay Braun spent her early years between the rugged environment of the Adirondacks and the museums of New York City. A natural attraction toward the ineffable combined with an affinity for nature and an independent spirit compelled her to seek a life in art. After undergraduate studies at Cooper Union School of Art and an MFA in Painting from Cornell University, Lynda was awarded a residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. There she continued a mentorship with Agnes Martin that began while a student at Cornell.
Lynda explores the phenomena of dynamic fluidity in her work, ranging from the rhythmic flow of water, wind and light to her experience of rhythm in dance. Finding order and beauty in the chaos of life is what drives all her artistic research. This quest has taken her process from the production of large format paintings to the current photo-based digital prints. Through the use of camera and computer she captures those transitory moment of light bouncing off, or penetrates the most commonplace objects in her immediate surroundings. With an MFA in Painting from Cornell University and many years of practice, the transition to digital printing results in artworks that have the effect of transforming a simple passing moment into a singular experience meant to be appreciated and remembered.
Lynda’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions around the U.S. Her paintings and prints are in numerous corporate, and public collections including Neiman Marcus Collection, VonLiebig Art Center, Naples, FL, and Cornell University Permanent Collection.
Lynda splits her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Naples, Florida.
I begin by photographing the effect of light bouncing off various surfaces found in my immediate surroundings. Without leaving home, and with the help of the computer, I have discovered a surreal kind of landscape fashioned of pure light that forms a bridge between abstraction and reality. By resolving the apparent pandemonium of the natural world into simple shapes and colors I find a sense of balance and quietude. In this way, the work speaks to the tenuousness of being sane in this world, and so to me, feels like prayer. My goal is to bring light into the spaces in which the works hang and to inspire those who see them to look more lovingly at the world they inhabit and to discover beauty in the commonplace. The arrangement of simple shapes make little literal sense, and yet there is enough fleeting familiarity to engage viewers in a game of deduction. No matter how abstract, somewhere a narrative lurks.
By bringing together digital technology with time-honored materials such as antique lithography paper, the work conveys a sense of respect for tradition and desire for an aesthetically rewarding experience.