Sally Linder, Paintings 1992-2009
2010 by Sally Linder
with introduction by Amanda Sanfilippo and essay by Cameron Davis
On September 9th, 2001, Sally Linder was at Shelburne Farms in Vermont unveiling the Ark of Hope she made to hold the Earth Charter, a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society for the 21st century. Guest speakers included primatologist Jane Goodall, peace activist Satish Kumar, and Earth Charter Commissioner Steven C. Rockefeller. Paul Winter graced the site with his music and Floating World Dancers performed.
Two days later, on September 11th, 2001, in a spontaneous response to the events in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, Sally Linder began walking the 500 pound Ark of Hope from Vermont to New York City. Hundreds of people participated in the walking journey that lasted two months, covered 350 miles through four states and included sailing on Pete Seeger’s sloop Clearwater. The Ark of Hope was exhibited at the United Nations in January and February 2002.
Sally Linder’s journey began much earlier. While traveling native lands in Arizona and Montana, Linder was moved to paint “Manifest Destiny”, a series of work about the American Indian experience. Upon hearing of an electrical fire at the Philadelphia Zoo that killed 23 primates, she painted their portraits and then with the help of the indigenous Dayak, Antandroy, and Bakweri, the 14 paintings of the 23 primates were buried in the jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, and Cameroon. Along with these performative acts, Linder created abstract, meditative paintings that reflect, what Cameron Davis calls, a “clarity of deep listening.”
Sally Linder: Paintings 1992-2009 documents the creative progress of this Vermont artist. Her subjects are inspired by Earth’s beauty and the social and political issues that confront humankind. Her journey has taken her from the canyons of Arizona to the jungles of Borneo to the United Nations. Sally Linder: Paintings 1992-2009 is more than a collection of paintings, it is a document of an artist’s ability to listen and respond to the world around them with impact, power, and remarkable sensitivity.
Title: Sally Linder: Paintings 1992-2009
by Sally Linder with introduction by Amanda Sanfilippo and essay by Cameron Davis
Trim Size: 11″ x 8.5″
Binding: Paperback, perfect bound
Page Count: 110 pages
Cover: Full Color
Illustrations: 104 images
Publisher: Kasini House Books & Maison Kasini Canada
ISBN (US): 978-0-9771397-6-7
ISBN (Canada): 978-0-9865298-2-5
Release Date: April 2010
Sally Linder: Paintings 1992-2009
published by Kasini House Books and Maison Kasini Canada
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About Sally Linder
Born in the United States, Sally Linder was educated in the US and Canada. A strong foundation in drawing enables Sally to move seamlessly between representation and abstraction determined by her subject’s desire to be recognized or left to imagination. Inspired by Earth’s beauty and the social and political issues that confront humankind, each of Linder’s artistic endeavors has sprung from a deep commitment to Earth and all living beings. Her paintings chronicle a quest for a better and more conscience-driven world and her passion becomes the purpose and content of her work. Painting in series provides the opportunity to be immersed in each subject’s distinct, emotive language conveyed by choice of color, form, and mark. Series that are aroused by political, social, or environmental issues are often gifted back in unique ways. “Manifest Destiny” (1993-1994) paintings were gifted to the Native American Nations who suffered the injustices, “Re-Membering the Primates” (1996-1998) paintings were buried in the lost primates’ homelands of Borneo, Madagascar, and Cameroon, and the Ark of Hope (2000-2001) was given to the world at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa. So evolves an intimate partnership between artist, subject, canvas, and viewer.
Linder has exhibited worldwide in Bangalore, India; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Jakarta, Indonesia; throughout the United States; Yaounde, Cameroon; and Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the recipient of national and international awards from the International Music and Art Foundation in Liechtenstein, the National Endowment for the Arts/Vermont Arts Council, the Philanthropic Collaborative in New York, amongo others. She is also the recipient of the Board of Governors’ Medal from Concordia University in Montreal. Her work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Yes!, the National Geographic Magazine, Art New England, The Best of Acrylic Painting, and Femina Magazine. Speaking engagements have included the United Nations, the Earth Charter’s venues at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, Brown University, the International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, India, Middlebury College, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.