Zenfolio | LINDA SOBERMAN | Artist's Statement about recent work - May 2013

Linda Soberman is a printmaker and educator with studios in Michigan and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her work is widely represented in national and international venues including recent exhibitions in Michigan, Mexico, Argentina, and China. During her career as an artist, she has translated ideas into a variety of media: photography, printmaking, artists’ books, found object sculpture and installation. Her current multimedia work embraces themes of memory, loss and the collective impact of the Holocaust.

She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the Lifetime Achievement Jewish Woman in the Arts Award, international residencies in Venice, Italy, Sanbao Institute, Jingdezhen, China, Proyecto ‘ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a recent invitation to Guanlan Residency in China. She was recently included in the book, Jewish Women in the Arts. In 2012, her work was included in the exhibition “Spectrum of Sexuality”  at the Museum of the Hebrew Union College, New York City. In 2014 she will have solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte, Queretaro, GTO, Mexico, and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center in Michigan.


Illustrated History

Inspiration for “Illustrated History” was based on Linda Nochlin’s 1972 book “Woman as Sex Object”, which looked at the role of women in the history of art and contemporary culture. Similar concerns about representation of women as subject/object, notions of female beauty, gender, and identity are recurring themes in my work. In my recent series, “The History of the Naked Woman in the History of Art” (“An Illustrated History”), I extracted female figures from masters such as Raphael and Titian, placed then into newly created landscapes, using my own and found photographs, iconic mid-20th century Mexican and American printed materials, diagrams, mechanical, and scientific drawings. I experimented with multiple processes of photo transfers, lithography, drawing and Photoshop to produce images that were simultaneously contemporary and reminiscent of vintage prints. By transforming the way women were presented, questions of identity are challenged.


Alice and the Tea Party


During my thirty-year career as an artist, I have translated ideas into a variety of media-photography, printmaking, installation and recently, found object sculpture. Creating a three-dimensional object has always been a curiousity to me, and it was exactly this sense of curiosity that led me to create my own Wonderland. Constructed from discarded scraps, found objects, and ephemera, the figures of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit and the Red Queen took on a new persona, one that was quirky, humorous, dark, and compelling.


The story of "Alice and Wonderland" evokes childhood memories and nostalgia. The underlying theme of a young girl maturing in a world ruled by chaos and nonsense is not so unsimilar to the confusing and complex world in which we live today. The Mad Tea Party is a symbol for our times. The issues identified in "Alice in Wonderland, that of time, identity, curiosity, and chaos, seem astonishing in its modernity and ripe for a new interpretation