Spill, 2021 / Ceramic & mixed media
Sormin’s ‘Spill’ rests on a rocking frame spine of ceramic, supporting rhizome-like tangles of extruded and pinched clay. These hold shards of blue and white Dutch pottery bearing kitsch images of seagulls and a couple kissing. A digitally printed porcelain form scanned from a stream crowns the sculpture.
Through sculpture and site-responsive installations, Linda Sormin explores fragility, tension, migration, survival and change. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at United Contemporary (Toronto, ON), Patricia Sweetow Gallery (San Fransisco, CA) and Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA). She was a participant at the European Ceramic Workcentre in the Netherlands this year, creating new work for three exhibitions: “Ceramics in the Expanded Field: Sculpture, Performance and the Possibilities of Clay”, opening Oct. 16, 2021 at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, an exhibition featuring three Canadian artists at Messums, London, UK opening November 2021, and an exhibition at Peach Corner Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark opening in 2022.
Sormin lives and works in New York City, and is Associate Professor of Studio Art at New York University. She has taught ceramics at Emily Carr University, Rhode Island School of Design, Sheridan College and Alfred University.
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).