Linda Mae Tratechaud / Sculpture in Glass, Metal, & Paper
My studio is filled with evocative figure-less garments. Breasts and vaginas represent nurturing and birth—creation. I celebrate historical and mythical women; Eve, Elizabeth, the Mary’s, and other influential women, whose narratives have often been written by men. I analyze female role models and transform them into super heroines.

As well, I strive to create art that addresses the everyday interactions of the female experience. As an avid people watcher, I invent stories based upon personal observations, and incorporate them into my work. I am especially interested in how Women intersect with the world around them and negotiate their personal power. I weave metaphor into tangible objects by addressing social constructs, human emotion, and precarious relationships. This creative process is a path to self-discovery while I access my intuitive and authentic voice.

When I begin a new piece I have an idea, a play on words, or image in mind, but allow the piece to evolve into its own unique form. Unexpected results in the casting process may also lead to a surprising solution. I often utilize recycled or antique materials, such as sewing supplies, broken pieces of jewelry, clocks, or locks, and transform them into a new narrative. In doing so, each piece pays homage to a previous incarnation.

I admire the detailed artisan craftsmanship of the Renaissance that is still common in indigenous art around the world. By incorporating and fabricating such intricate details into my work I pay homage to their dedicated detailed work. This process is meditative and allows me time to know my sculpture well.

My Evocative Figureless Garments are meant to be explored, allowing the viewer to create their own narrative.

Photography by: Margot Geist; Geistlight Photocgraphy