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 vulnerability, upheaval 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).

“Fierce Passengers”, Sormin’s current installation, is at CUAG (Ottawa, Canada) until April 29, 2018. She exhibits internationally, most recently at Wuchangshuo Memorial Hall (Shanghai, China), Jogja National Museum (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Bluecoat Art Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and Entrée Gallery (Bergen, Norway).

Sormin is Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.


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