Today we’d like to introduce you to Linden Eller.
Linden, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Phoenix, and after a season obtaining my BA in Studio Art, I pursued a rather nomadic lifestyle. I went on to live and work out of New England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, traveling through many more places in between. I worked a variety of jobs, including waitressing, farming, and teaching kindergarten, all the while continuing to create art, put on exhibitions, and participate in residencies. After 12 years of movement, I’ve only recently returned to Arizona, as I begin to seek out a place to create a home.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work is primarily about memory architecture, its process, and the layers of tiny alterations which happen each time a recollection occurs. I often strive to blend autobiographical narratives with larger collective subjects such as childhood, longing, and place, creating layered field recordings that represent multiple interpretations and perspectives of the same story.
In the moments of creation, I’m largely inspired by the music I’m listening to (typically ambient or folk) as well as the aesthetics themselves of my collage components (color, light, a haunting or beautiful image). I’m delighted by lost and found objects, and the fact that they are tied somewhere to someone else’s life: bus tickets, receipts, shopping lists, photographs. The idea of bringing together all these unrelated histories and connecting them into one shared feeling – this excites me; the possibility of communicating something resonant.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think it’s incredibly difficult to be an artist, though I’m not convinced it’s more difficult today than it has been in the past. Social media and digital platforms have made submissions and exposure much easier, though now the market is overwhelmingly saturated and competitive. A big part of the dilemma is many people do not have a disposable income to spend on purchasing art. I would love to see city grants awarded to a person or household that would allow them to benefit from owning a specific artwork of their choice without the financial burden.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my portfolio on my website, as well as on social media channels.
Upcoming exhibitions are:
Art Detour (group show) at The Lodge Art Studio, Phoenix, March 14th- 18th, 2019
“Little Small” (solo) at Chehalem Cultural Center in Oregon – April & May 2019
As for support, my original works are for sale privately, and prints are available from my online shop. I also offer personalized commissioned pieces.
- Website: lindeneller.com
- Phone: 347 457 4648
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/lindeneller
- Facebook: facebook.com/lindeneller