Through objects and site-responsive installations, Linda Sormin’s work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility, survival and regeneration. Born in Bangkok, Sormin moved to Canada with her family at the age of five.
She has a BA in English Literature and worked in community development for four years in Thailand and Laos. She studied ceramics at Andrews University (BA, English Literature, 1993), Sheridan College (Ceramics Diploma, 2001) and Alfred University (MFA, Ceramic Art, 2003).
Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Bluecoat Art Gallery (Liverpool, UK), Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA, USA), National Gallery of Indonesia (Jakarta, Indonesia), SaRang Building (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), McClure Gallery (Montréal, Canada), Jane Hartsook Gallery (New York, NY), the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (Bergen, Norway), Denver Art Museum (Denver, USA) and gl Holtegaard (Denmark).
Sormin is an artist teaching ceramics since 2003 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC, 2003-06), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 2006-11), Sheridan College (Oakville, ON, 2012-16) and the New York State College at Alfred University (2016-present), where she is currently Associate Professor of Ceramics.
On Courting Risk
The site looms above and veers past, willing me to compromise, to give ground. I roll and pinch the thing into place, I collect and lay offerings at its feet. This architecture melts and leans, hoarding objects in its folds. It lurches and dares you to approach, it tears cloth and flesh, it collapses with the brush of a hand.
Nothing is thrown away. This immigrant lives in fear of waste. Old yogurt is used to jumpstart the new batch. What is worth risking for things to get juicy, rare, ripe? What might be discovered on the verge of things going bad?