Linda Duvall is a visual artist based on Treaty 6 land in what is now Saskatchewan, Canada. Her work exists at the intersection of collaboration, performance, writing and conversation. Her hybrid practice addresses themes of connection to place, grief and loss, and the many meanings of exclusion and absence.
Duvall has completed degrees in Sociology and English (Carleton University) and Visual Arts (OCAD University, University of Michigan, Transart through Plymouth University), and is currently a Professional Affiliate at University of Saskatchewan. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including Guatemala, Ireland, Barcelona, Shanghai, Slovenia, London and Dubai.
Once she realized how serious Covid 19 was, Duvall rushed back to Saskatoon, and to her land. She began to walk around the 80 acres for hours every day, discovering over 30 spring ponds that she had never known existed. She began to draw maps so she could find them again. She is still here, visiting these ponds every day, even though the water is disappearing.
Duvall often develops projects by paying attention to what is around her, even while not knowing what direction the work will take. She feels like she is in the middle of such a process. There is risk and vulnerability in trusting these instincts.
Each day seems like a message about my time here – the water in the ponds disappear, and then appear again – and then disappear for good –Marking the shadow – or just seeing if the green is different in the dips. I need to get one set of photos soon – so I can…
My daily photographs are a diary of getting to know this place/space. I am gradually seeing more details – the photographs show the details that I have been paying attention to each day I think about ways to overlay the edge of the pond back on the ground – as a drawing, using fertilizer, salt,…
I rushed back to S when I figured out how serious this virus was. Grabbing the food that was left for me, I went straight to the farm. I have often stayed here, but never under these weird and stressful conditions. I began to walk around the 80 acres for hours every day. I discovered…
I thought that I had a brilliant idea for a way to respond to this current state of self-quarantine. I would use Facetime, and ‘Walk and Talk into Spring’ on the land with various people. As we talked over the telephone, we could each see where the other person was. I planned to walk around…
I can’t think when I have been so relieved to be back in Saskatchewan. It is a bit irrational, but I just feel more settled and safe here. And I arrived to a box of food waiting for me.
Every day is different – a knowledge that certain things will eventually happen – not sure when – like grass will turn green – we will eventually leave the house – again not sure when. Walking is a way of marking time – as time passes, the land changes. Starting point – I had always…