In the writings of Linda Ekstrom, “Words and narrative are the central subject matter of my work. Books are transformed, seeking for the spiritedness of the text, giving to the words a visual vitality.” Through her altered and deconstructed books and other mixed media works, the artist seeks to uncover and articulate a profound sense of meaning. Using text as material, Ekstrom’s studio practice is steeped in personal expression, exploring issues of “ritual, tenderness, longing, and a desire for connection.” The language of art is sacred in all its forms. Even discarded materials become an opportunity for choice and the examination of the “mystery of failure, the profound opening into another choice….” Linda has presented lectures about religion and contemporary art in respected institutions across the United States. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara and teaches at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies. Her works are widely collected and have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.
FREE to FOTM members, $15 for public; $10 for seniors.
Image: Mystic Simone de Beauvoir by Linda Ekstrom, hand cut Tyvek, 2017
To learn more about Linda Ekstrom, visit www.lindaekstrom.com
Special invitation to educators and students: The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required. To RSVP visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.
AfterGlow Fundraising Event: The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at the home of Dane Goodman & Marie Schoeff in Santa Barbara. Paid reservations are required prior to November 11. We expect this AfterGlow to sell out. Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview.
$30 FOTM members, $40 Non-members.
Sponsored by Michael F Rohde
Dennis Mitchell at I Capelli Salon,
Michelle Rein at Passion Flowers, Laurie Peterson, Peterson Graphics and the Museum of Ventura County
Scott Miles – The Scientific Photographer
Dee Finning – Virgin Moon
David Tuomi & Reesha Gulati Tuomi- Sound