Work

Installation View: CERAMICS IN THE EXPANDED FIELD  at MASS MoCA | through April 3rd, 2023

 

Linda Sormin | Mula ni Tano | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 27 x 24 x27 inches

Linda Sormin | Mula ni Tano | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 27 x 24 x27 inches

Linda Sormin | Banua Ginjang | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 25 x 30 x 26 inches

Linda Sormin | Banua Ginjang | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 25 x 30 x 26 inches

Linda Sormin | Naga Padoha | 2022 | glazed ceramic | 24 x 23.5 x 20 inches

Linda Sormin | Naga Padoha | 2022 | glazed ceramic | 24 x 23.5 x 20 inches

Linda Sormin | Mandraguna | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 21 x 20 x 14 inches

Linda Sormin | Mandraguna | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 21 x 20 x 14 inches

Linda Sormin | Gorga Adop adop | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 27 x 16 x 20.5 inches

Linda Sormin | Gorga Adop adop | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 27 x 16 x 20.5 inches

Linda Sormin | Si Boru Deak Parujar | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 23 x 28 x 21 inches

Linda Sormin | Si Boru Deak Parujar | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 23 x 28 x 21 inches

Linda Sormin | Manggorga hata | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 22 x 21 x 18 inches

Linda Sormin | Manggorga hata | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 22 x 21 x 18 inches

Installation View: CERAMICS IN THE EXPANDED FIELD  at MASS MoCA | through April 3rd, 2023

Installation View: CERAMICS IN THE EXPANDED FIELD  at MASS MoCA | through April 3rd, 2023

Installation View: CERAMICS IN THE EXPANDED FIELD  at MASS MoCA | through April 3rd, 2023

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

Linda Sormin / Leluhur / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 22 x 22 x 15 inches

Linda Sormin / Leluhur / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 22 x 22 x 15 inches

Linda Sormin / Pass safely through redolent woods / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 21.5 x 22 x 18 inches

Gail Wight / Land of the Flies: Winter / 2014-20 / archival pigment print on canvas / 20 x 240 inches  (51.6 cm x 619.2 cm)

Linda Sormin / Pass safely through redolent woods / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 21.5 x 22 x 18 inches

Linda Sormin / Pass safely through redolent woods / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 21.5 x 22 x 18 inches

Linda Sormin / Paintings for Sophia / 2020 / glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, shards, leaf / 20.5 x 16.5 x 10.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Paintings for Sophia / 2020 / glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, shards, leaf / 20.5 x 16.5 x 10.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Fair winds and following seas / 2020 / glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, shards, leaf / 18 x 12.5 x 11.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Fair winds and following seas / 2020 / glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, shards, leaf / 18 x 12.5 x 11.5 inches

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

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

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

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

Linda Sormin / Are you land or water? / West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway

Linda Sormin |Manukmanuk Hulambujati | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 13 x 20 x 11 inches

Linda Sormin |Manukmanuk Hulambujati | 2022 | glazed ceramic, gold leaf, found string, discarded plastic 3D misprints, epoxy resin, watercolor on paper | 13 x 20 x 11 inches

Videos

 

Hi Folks, This is the raw video file of the Linda Sormin/Lien Truong artist conversation at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery during the Inaugural Exhibition on September 10, 2022. The good news is you can view 2 brilliant artists unfiltered. The down side is the video is pretty rough, although I’ve cleaned up the audio to the extent possible. In the coming weeks there will be a second edited version of the talk, which will be posted when complete. Components for the edited version still have to be produced – stay tuned…

PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY is excited to announce our Inaugural Exhibition in Los Angeles at 1700 South Santa Fe Avenue, 3rd Floor, with artists Lien Truong, North Carolina; Linda Sormin, New York and Luis A. Sahagun, California. The three artists in this exhibition offer practices immersed in complex visual and political American histories. They share personal, spiritual and cultural stories of migration during war, economic collapse and colonization. Their journeys come alive through a mélange of performative sculpture and painting, amplified by their respective interrogations of ancestral, racial, gender and ritual erasure.

 

Unraveling her training in traditional clay methods, Linda Sormin challenges values such as “wholeness” and “purity” in her work by pushing clay beyond its limits, letting it twist, slump, or even collapse. Linda Sormin discusses her towering architectural installation Stream and how her use of objects, raw clay, sound, and image give form and voice to her ancestors, her family’s diasporic experience, and her own stories. See Sormin’s work in Ceramics in the Expanded Field: https://massmoca.org/event/ceramics-i…

 

 

Virtual Studio Visit: At Home with Linda Sormin

Chief Curator Sequoia Miller, Gardiner Museum, hosts an interview with Linda Sormin on Instagram IGTV. The conversation can also be found @gardinermuseum.

Linda Sormin talks about the concepts behind the ceramic sculpture Leluhur.

Linda Sormin / Leluhur / 2020 / Glazed ceramic, watercolor on paper, gold leaf, epoxy / 22 x 22 x 15 inches

Historical Attribute: Miniature House, Asahan, North Sumatra, wood, bamboo, fiber, rattan, 117 x 140 x 93 cm National Museum of Indonesia, inv. 237 (from the Pardemanan Bataks) Ancestors & Rituals, 2017, Snoeck, p. 73

NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions’ Ceramics Professor Linda Sormin and student Rhea Barve imagine new ways to work together, exchange ideas and labor in their class “Projects in Ceramics.”

About the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions: Located in New York’s Gramercy , the Department of Art and Art Professions serves as a vibrant site for artistic experimentation and intellectual exchange. The Department draws upon a faculty of acclaimed artists, scholars, and critics. We offer programs and courses that integrate technical skills with theoretical understanding within the context of a world-class university setting. BFA and MFA programs in studio art are interdisciplinary, and combine cultural theory courses with facilities in painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, computer art and design, video, ceramics, metalsmithing, and installation.

The department’s MA programs include Art + Education, Visual Arts Administration, Costume Studies, and Art Therapy. New York City’s galleries, museums, schools, studios, and performance spaces, from Chelsea to Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, are an integral part of New York University’s campus, as are the university’s vast intellectual and academic resources.

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

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 breathes 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.

Linda Sormin is Associate Professor of Studio Art at New York University, Steinhardt. Prior to NYU, Sormin was Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2016 – 2019), and 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; and 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 Art Museum; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, and others.

 

Press

December 16, 2021
The Boston Globe
October 14, 2021
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
May 31, 2021
The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) is a weekly literary review published in London by News UK, a subsidiary of News Corp
August 25, 2020
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
August 14, 2020
Cuagrevisit
January 6, 2019
Ceramics: Art & Perception
May 6, 2015
Ceramics Monthly
December 6, 2014
Ceramics Monthly
October 27, 2013
Ceramics Monthly
May 6, 2011
glHotegaard
March 6, 2011
kunsten nu
January 6, 2011
Ceramics Now
January 6, 2009
Ceramic Review
Press Continued