Straddling Circumference... The Art of Linda Ekstrom

Straddling Circumference... The Art of Linda Ekstrom

Wednesday November 01, 2023 10:00am
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

NOTE: This is an ongoing exhibition, from August 31 - November 11, 2023

Open weekdays 10 am - 4 pm | Saturdays 11 am-5pm | Free Admission

Ekstrom creates art works that are poetic, spiritual, and transcendent.  Her media ranges from fabric to cut paper, book arts to sculpture. The works are informed by her feminist perspective, often looking through the “lens” of female literary characters, poets, mystics, saints, and women of the Bible. Ekstrom is an artist “in love with words.” She has unraveled, pondered, analyzed and parsed the writings of such women as Emily Dickinson, Joyce Carol Oates, Simone Weil, Santa Rita, Simone de Beauvoir, Rebecca Solnit, and Teresa of Avila. 

Ekstrom completed her MFA in Studio Art in 1996 at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and then taught at the UCSB College of Creative Studies for 25 years. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions exploring the sacred: “Faith” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; “Sacred Texts” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; “City Dialogues” at Barnsdall Museum; and “Sacred Realms” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.  

Ekstrom’s works are gentle, delicate, elusive, refined and powerful. Her techniques and materials are pulled from a woman’s traditional domestic sphere – fabric, thread, books, gloves, paper, and clothing. Ever present in Ekstrom’s art is her intellectual curiosity and spiritual discernment, which have come from a lifetime of reading, learning, and pondering. 

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Musuem of Art invites your participation as a sponsor of this beautiful exhibition of works by a local favorite artist – Linda Ekstrom.

Read more about Linda here.