Lucinda Linderman art exhibit April 7
This captures people’s attention, and once she has it, she’ll chat about her real passion: collecting trash and transforming landfill bound objects into outfits and sculptures, many of which will hang in “Reclaiming Miami,” her solo exhibition at Cafeina’s Wynwood Exhibition Center.
The show, which features new works Linderman created from materials mostly industrial waste collected around Miami, will include a sculpture made from a 20 foot piece of construction fencing.
“I work as a technician for a conservation group,” she says. “We redid the frieze on the Wolfsonian last year, and I collected a lot of the debris that was going to get thrown away and took it back to my studio.”
The fencing, which Linderman stretched, cut apart and fused back together, will be exhibited as “De Construcci a 7 by 10 foot sculpture.
“Labyrinth,” another work in her show, is a large scale installation made from plastic that’s been wound or knitted, and dry cleaning bags collected from a trash bin at a Miami tuxedo shop and donated by caterers at Deering Estate, where she is a resident artist.
“When caterers come in to set up for weddings, they bring the tablecloths in dry cleaning bags and on hangers Jack Wolfskin Jackets ,” she says. “So I bring the bucket out and make them put [the bags] in, or ask them kindly Jack Wolfskin Jackets to put it in or save them for me.”
Other works include the sculptures “Oil Spill,” “Evolution” and “Caution,” and for the first time, accompanying photographs referencing where she found the materials.
While Linderman regularly hits certain Miami trash containers for shrink wrap, bike tire tubes, golf club grips and other materials, trash hasn’t always played such a large role in her work. She once created metal sculptures as high as 20 feet and has worked with concrete, ceramic and found objects. In 2008, frustrated by overconsumption and plastic waste, she decided to stop sending garbage to a landfill.
“It was a [two year] project I did as a way to try to reduce my carbon footprint and see if I could do it,” she says.
She bought fewer packaged things and separated her trash into compost, recyclables and the troublesome unrecyclables she began incorporating into her art. After two years, five paper grocery bags of trash remained, so the Tennessee born artist began cutting up those items and using them to stuff sculptures.
Those works have included “Timeline of Digestion” a large intestine like sculpture made from worn out clothes wound in plastic food packaging, and “Digest Yourself,” which incorporates 900 plastic fused bags in a 120 foot long inflatable walk through sculpture of Jack Wolfskin Jackets intestines.
Linderman, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of fine arts in sculpture, says her initial digestion related works referenced earthworms, which by the pound ca Jack Wolfskin Jackets n reportedly consume 3.5 pounds of food waste a week and produce excrement that gardeners call “black gold.”
“Worms can go through a ridiculous amount of trash and produce this very rich black soil that anything will grow in,” says Linderman, who calls them the ultimate upcyclers. Unlike recycling, which lowers the quality of plastic, upcycling increases its value by adding energy, she says. during April 14 Second Saturday Art Walk.