Work

Linda Sormin / The Disillusionment of the Toiler / Everson Biennial, Syracuse, NY

Linda Sormin / The Disillusionment of the Toiler / Everson Biennial, Syracuse, NY

Linda Sormin / Fierce Passengers / Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Linda Sormin / Mine (I hear him unclip me / blood runs cold) / Denver Art Museum, CO

Linda Sormin / Are you Land or Water? / West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway

Linda Sormin / Rift / Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, UK

Linda Sormin / Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, UK /
Curator James Beighton, breaking through porcelain skin in Rift

Linda Sormin / Putting Gold on the Back of the Buddha / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 18 x 19 inches

Linda Sormin / Putting Gold on the Back of the Buddha (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 18 x 19 inches

Linda Sormin / Ta Saparot / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 13 x 17 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Ta Saparot (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 13 x 17 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Ta Saparot (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 13 x 17 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Ta Saparot (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 13 x 17 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Of All Phenomena / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found Syracuse China and other shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 19 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Of All Phenomena / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found Syracuse China and other shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 19 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Of All Phenomena (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found Syracuse China and other shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 19 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / Of All Phenomena (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found Syracuse China and other shards, epoxy, imitation gold leaf / 14 x 19 x 16 inches

Linda Sormin / In Advance / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, epoxy, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 24.5 x 39 x 32 inches

Installation View

Linda Sormin / In Advance (detail) / 2018-19 / Glazed ceramic, found shards, epoxy, glitter, imitation gold leaf / 24.5 x 39 x 32 inches

Videos

Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada
January 15 – April 29, 2018.

Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers. On display at CUAG from January 15 – April 29, 2018.

The Bangkok-born Canadian artist Linda Sormin has transformed the gallery in a site-responsive installation that features the partial hull of a ship, ceramic sculptures, found and solicited objects and Leda clay – a prevalent local material which functions as a potent metaphor for the literal instability of the ground on which we live.

Video by Chris Ikonomopoulos. Photographs by Clarence Sormin and Justin Wonnacott.

This video was produced with the support of Carleton University, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Reesa Greenberg Digital Initiatives Fund.

Rift, 2009
MIMA – Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, UK
Curator James Beighton, breaking through porcelain skin in Rift

In this episode of Sheridan “Voices” we meet Linda Sormin, Head of the Ceramics Department at Sheridan College. Linda describes her “connectedness” to her work: something each of us might emulate, whatever our trade. Linda reinforces the importance of hands-on experience, focus upon the process, pushing the envelope and taking risks as part of creativity: all working towards achieving strong outcomes. Pride of work and pride of craft come through loud and clear. Linda shows that work is not just about a job…it is a reflection of self……..a vehicle for self-expression. As seen before in the “Voices” project, passion and pride of work makes for better experiences all around.

Think about your daily pursuits….is there room to bring more of yourself to them? How can the creative skills, practices and processes within the arts be used In the world of Business?

Produced by Sheridan Production House and The Faculty of Business

Production Manager – Prionnsias Murphy
Production Co-ordinator – Ash Xavier

Director, Producer – Connor Illsley
Assistant Director – Bea Macapagal
Director of Photography – Lucas Joseph

Editor – Haya Waseem
Sound Designer – Kristi McIntyre
Gaffer – Carly Williams
Production Designer – Natalia Atlija
Animation – Laura Sloan & Derek Ainsworth
Graphics – Brian Pieur

Executive Producer – Ginger Grant
Executive Producer – Graham Moores

BIO

Linda Sormin’s sculptures are a journey through personal archeology. Her open-ended ceramics enfold many voices and labors, from the donated memorabilia of friends and strangers in distant places, to the hands of those assisting, to the dumpster diving, searching for the discarded. The complex membranes of pinched clay provide a porous conduit bridging and breaking bonds, entwining stories and histories among those who define themselves through their separations.

Born in Thailand, working in North America, Europe and Asia, Sormin is influenced by kinetic energy, complexity, and disparate social/cultural/visual forces. While migration and identity form the backbone of the work, it’s the disruptive dissonance within her balletic balance that breaths life. The technical considerations of how Sormin’s work evolves are never far from the stories within. Multiple firings, various clays, smooth and rough surface, glaze, contrasting color, and cast away materials, are all integral elements in forming the non-linear narratives of discrete sculpture, and immersive installations.

Sormin is Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to Alfred, Sormin was an Associate Professor, (2006- 2011) at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, including Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, Denmark; West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway. Collections include the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY; Arizona State University Museum and others.

Linda Sormin CV

Press

January 6, 2019
Ceramics: Art & Perception
May 6, 2015
Ceramics Monthly
December 6, 2014
Ceramics Monthly
October 27, 2013
Ceramics Monthly

News

March 1, 2019
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