Linda Sormin

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?


Linda Sormin explores upheaval, fragility, migration and change through sculpture and site-responsive installation. Born in Bangkok, she immigrated to Canada at the age of five. After working in community development for four years in Thailand and Laos, Sormin studied ceramics at Andrews University, Sheridan College and Alfred University (MFA ’03).

Sormin’s newest sculptures are currently in exhibitions in San Francisco at Patricia Sweetow Gallery and in North Adams, MA at Ferrin Contemporary. Her most recent large-scale work, “Fierce Passengers”, was installed at CUAG (Ottawa, Canada) in 2018. In 2019, her sculptures were presented at Art Toronto by Patricia Sweetow Gallery (San Francisco), and “Sketch for Wet Dream Architecture was collected by the CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark. Other recent exhibitions were held at Kunstgarasjen (Bergen, Norway), Wuchangshuo Memorial Hall (Shanghai, China) and Jogja National Museum (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). Sormin lives and works in New York, NY. She is Associate Professor of Studio Art at New York University.


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