Linda Covit – Honorary President
Photo: Marc Cramer
The Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, ispleased to welcome artist Linda Covit as its President of Honour for its 2019 edition Art, Architecture, Landscape and Environment.
Linda Covit lives and works in Montreal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Science from McGill University. Numerous trips to Japan photographing temples, gardens and contemporary architecture have been influential in her practice. She has exhibited in numerous venues, in Canada, Italy, Japan and New York.
Among her many public artworks figure a gift from the Quebec government to Shandong Province, China; an installation on Montreal’s Mount Royal Park commemorating the 1969 Lennon-Ono bed-in (Les Arts et la Ville Prix Aménagement 2012; CSLA Regional Merit Award 2012); four garden rooms in the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas (ASLA Honor Award, 2012). Her monumental sculpture for the MUHC was the CodaAwards 2017 winner in the healthcare category.
Her works are included in the collections of the Musée d‘art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Collection Maurice A. Forget, the Cirque du Soleil, the Musée de Lachine, the Koffler Gallery, and the Concordia University.
Creating large-scale installations for the public space is central to Covit’s practice. Her approach follows investigations into the overlapping areas of art, landscape art and architecture. Her concepts are elaborated through research closely linked to specific projects.
Her interest is in the development of site responsive work that lies in the challenge of rendering a site with new meaning or heightening what is already there; in creating a gesture that transforms a public space into a personal experience; in creating a work that instils a sense of place. Scale, acknowledgement of the viewer, a harmonious relationship of the built with the natural are some of her concerns.