Recently artist Linda Stein stopped by the FM Theater to lecture about the performance of her art pieces. Her work is available for viewing in the Perrella Gallery until December 13.
Linda Steins has been a working artist for 30 years and lives in Manhattan. She is feminist activist and a sculptor. Stein’s art is based on the importance of Feminism and Empowerment.
Storm, Wonder Woman, Lady Gaga and The Girl with the Dragon tattoo inspires Stein’s work.
In 1972 Stein founded a corporation called Have Art: Will Travel (HAWT). It’s an arts organization that offers visual and tactile programs, as well addressing issues of racism, sexism, ableism, classism and homophobia.
The Wonder Woman inspired The Fluidity of Gender, a special part of the exhibit where a person can experience the fun of becoming someone very different. People who tried the sculpture on said it made them feel as if they were in a new skin. Stein’s art is about identity, which sends a positive message to all types of women.
Some of Stein art pieces are feminine or masculine creating warrior types, and most of the material used is leather.
Stein was also featured in a comedy film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, where there was a mini discussion about feminism being a theory of how women should be equal to men politically, economically, and socially.
In Stein’s lectures she says meaningful things like, “Bravery is not the lack of fear”, and “Defend the females as defender.”
Stein is an artist who embraces her work to open people’s minds, to show how meaningful her work and ideas are through exhibits, lectures, and performances
Three words to describe Linda Stein’s art would be Strength, Power and Justice.
“My goal is to use my art to transform social consciousness and promote activism for gender .With my androgynous forms I invite the viewer to seek out diversity in unpredictable ways, to ‘try on’ new personal avatars and self-definitions, knowing that every new experience changes the brain’s structure and inspires each of us toward a more authentic self” _ Linda Stein