As an artist I have been fascinated with mass consumerism, waste, health, nature and women’s issues. I view my activity as an anthropological study or environmental ethnography that explores our cultural values, behavior and norms. My work is rooted in an exploration of cycles, circles, connection and disconnection.
In addressing these issues, my current studio practice involves the use of discarded materials, including outdated electronic equipment, toys, medical supplies and shipping waste. Working in the tradition of “assemblage” and “collage”, I use found materials in concert with natural materials to create sculptural forms meant to examine our relationship with nature in this man made world.
Recently I have been increasing the scale of my work moving towards large interactive installations and away from singular discrete objects. I am interested in both experiential and cognitive exploration of constructs within our society. Creating work that invites sensory experience addresses my desire to produce enhanced physical sensations in the viewer. Using iconic or nostalgic objects brings a framing of thought and emotion which is both personal and societal. I strive to highlight the consumerist quality of our culture and its disregard for the environment, social issues surrounding our health, and perspectives on women. This disconnection is contrasted with a connection to the natural elements in the work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1989 Linda Erzinger worked as a free-lance artist creating murals, photography and jewelry making. She gained a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 1996. Working full time as an Art Therapist for 15 years informed her work to incorporate community involved projects and interactive installations. Her experience in set building for Actors Theater and Bunbury Theater highlight her love of creating environments.
Erzinger has earned top prizes in many group shows, most notably a Merit award from the Huntsville Art Museum Biennial Red Clay Survey. Solo shows include Spalding University, Billy Hertz Gallery, Swanson Contemporary, the Art Sanctuary and the Mary Anderson Center. She participated in The Art of Goodwill residency program, represented Kentucky in the national Her Flag project. She is the current Chair of the Enid Generations of Women Sculptors and the Louisville TimeBank. Her recent residency at the BigCi Artist residency in Bilpin, Australia and deep seeded wander lust has inspired her to seek more art-travel opportunities in the future.
© Linda Erzinger