Featured Artist in LeMoyne’s Upcoming Eden Altered Exhibit: Mixed-media Artist, Linda Hall, Showcases a New Collection
LeMoyne Arts features celebrated local artist, Linda Hall, in addition to Dimelza Broche and other supporting local and regional artists in their upcoming ‘Eden Altered’ exhibit, opening on April 6 from 5-7:30pm, sponsored by Rachel Borntreger Law. Hall is a mixed-media artist whose work has been featured at several national galleries. Hall received an MFA at the University of North Carolina and works with materials such as watercolor, fabrics, and paper Mâché. Years of experience have resulted in fantastical works of art that transform the viewer's perception, leaving them in a state of wonder and self-reflection.
“I find it hard to look away from Hall’s work, which reminds me of Kiki Smith’s, but with a keener eye toward the comically sublime. And Hall’s work radiates friendliness, even when it also reflects loneliness; her sculptures would show as well in an overgrown yard as on a museum wall,” said Jullianne Ballou, in a 2013 article published by Oxford America.
In one of her collections titled ‘Anxiety Masks’, Hall sculpts the complex political and social unrest that arose in the country during the 2020 Pandemic. Hall began to create this series to represent the uncertainty and anxiety the community was experiencing. “I make these as a blessing and a protest,” said Hall, standing in solidarity with issues such as race and gender equality. “Obsessively keeping my hands busy has helped tame my own anxiety but I also find that making these masks has given me the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, with women who are running for office, and with those who are in the forefront of changing the status quo.”
Hall continues to impress with her otherworldly textures in her ‘Fecundity Patches’ collection, which displays anthropomorphized sculptures of repurposed antique quilts, fish scales, and pistachio shells. The pieces are full of life and the tenacity of nature; the merger between humans, plants, and animals is captivating and surreal. Hall states, “This land is a hybrid that is constantly regenerating itself as it integrates human and natural forces.”
LeMoyne Arts invites the community to support and enjoy Hall’s work in the ‘Eden Altered’ exhibit, on display from April 6 - May 13. This whimsical, surreal, imaginative exhibit focuses on the chaos of nature.
On Wednesday, April 26, from 5:30-6:30pm, Hall will put on a procession performance titled "The Procession of Holding and Letting Go", followed by an artist talk with a Q&A. Hall will talk about her background and how she explores the beautiful and the macabre with elegance, texture, and magic. Get inspired while learning about her innovative techniques and creative process.
About LeMoyne Arts:
Since 1963, LeMoyne Arts has been true to its founding principles: promote the work of local artists and preserve Florida’s art heritage. Through regularly changing exhibitions, LeMoyne offers inclusive and varied programs that appeal to a large constituency. LeMoyne fosters active collaborations with artists and partners with a wide range of institutions including local public and private schools, the Council on Culture and Arts, the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, the FAMU Foster Tanner Gallery, local businesses, and nonprofits. Learn more about LeMoyne Arts at lemoyne.org.