This week, we welcome Linda M. Ganjian, a Queens-based artist who works in a variety of materials, including clay, cement and paper. Her main pursuit has involved making large “tabletop” sculptures, composed of hundreds of miniature forms, that are a reinterpretation of Middle Eastern and American craft traditions (carpets, quilts, calligraphy). Much of her work presents memories and impressions of the urban landscape, the specific history of a site or more personal narratives.
“7 Train Panoramas” is a sculptural interpretation of the rooftop architecture visible from the 7 train, organized into a quilt-like structure. The forms (made from clay and painted paper-board) reflect the haphazard array of satellite dishes, antenna, skylights, vents, barbed wire, graffiti, etc., she says, “that mark the landscape my eyes glaze over on my daily commute.”