Linda Loh is a visual artist working between NYC and Melbourne, Australia. Her multimedia works navigate the elusive form and materiality of digital space with transformed sources of light. In 2012 she received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Expanded Studio Practice) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. She has since exhibited around Australia and in the USA, as well as undertaken artist residencies around the world, including NARS in New York City, in 2018. In 2021 she will complete the Master of Fine Art in Computer Arts, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I am preoccupied by ideas around light-based phenomena. I’m curious about the relationship of light to altered states of consciousness, sensations of boundarylessness and infinity, and whether representation of things elusive and ephemeral can be a metaphor for experiences of transcendence. Digital media and projections are themselves like the slippery nature of mind.
Using digital tools, I distort and transform photographs and videos that mostly originate from everyday sources of light. The results are abstract composites of indeterminate forms, perhaps slow moving, often colorful, and usually retaining their inherent luminosity. Little is obvious for the rational mind to grasp.
I relate my work to the “technological sublime”, an extension of the romantic sublime period of art history, which has themes of awe and wonder. Expanding this, I recently researched Neoplatonism, a lesser known corner of ancient philosophy, yet one that has influenced both Eastern and Western traditions. I was rewarded to unveil many of the above themes. It is validating that Western culture has, after all, long recognised ineffable experiences as an intrinsic part of human psychology. That these ideas might be re-emerging feels like a fitting conversation to participate in while I navigate this luminous, numinous digital space.