Art by Linda Friedman Schmidt
©Copyright Linda Friedman Schmidt, "TEAR," 2012, discarded clothing, placemat, acrylic, 20" x 14"
Linda Friedman Schmidt is a visual artist born in a German displaced persons camp to Holocaust survivors and raised in New York. She uses her art for personal expression and for social and political commentary and activism. Her emotional narrative portraits and figurative artworks are created from discarded clothing, a metaphor for discarded humanity. She gives new life to the used, discarded, downtrodden, and unmakes a traumatic past by deconstructing the clothes to create a new whole. Confronting and provoking viewers emotionally and intellectually with her images of grief, she urges them to react to human rights violations, to lingering echoes of the Holocaust in todayʼs world. Lindaʼs art has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally. In October her work is included in “Feminism Across the Generations,” Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, Illinois, and “The 21st Century Body,” Gordon Gallery, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.lindafriedmanschmidt.com