Biography Linda Ge was born in Fort Collins, Colorado but has lived most of her life in Iowa. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Iowa in 2012, and relocated to Colorado in 2014 to pursue a two-year post-baccalaureate program in Ceramics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She moved back to Iowa in 2016 for a residency at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio.
Linda currently works as the Gallery Assistant and Inventory Manager at the Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Statement The sculptures and drawings I create are vague reflections of what we are familiar with. An essential subject I focus on is the human body. The body not only houses multiple micro- and macrocosms, but it in itself serves as a singular component in the complex structures of our world. By observing the anatomy and similar forms echoed in nature, I reduce these elements down to their most basic components, then reconstruct them back together. The results are often whimsical and uncanny.
My aim is to blur the lines between two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. I extract forms from my drawings and flesh them out in clay, firmly grounding their existence in our reality; the ceramic sculptures and vessels in turn act as three-dimensional canvases. In this sense, my drawings and ceramic pieces are extensions of one another rather than separate entities. As a whole, the processes I go through – extracting, deconstructing, and rebuilding – are ways for me to confront the things in life that fascinate me. Things that leave me confused and unsettled. Horrified and in awe. It is through confrontation with these elements that I am able to feel, not always and necessarily more comfortable, but more understanding of the peculiar.
2014-2016 University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics
2008-2012 University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA BFA (Honors) in Painting, concentrations in Drawing and Ceramic Graduated with Highest Distinction
2018-present Gallery Assistant and Inventory Manager Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA Assisting in exhibition duties, updating and maintaining gallery inventory
2016-2018 Instructor and Main Studio Manager Iowa Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA Developing comprehensive curriculum, maintaining main studio, coordinating the installation and de-installation of exhibitions
2016-2017 Gallery Assistant and Inventory Manager Iowa Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA Coordinating the installation and de-installation of exhibitions, organizing and curating gallery inventory, designing event displays and advertising
2014-2016 Departmental Assistant in Ceramics and Sculpture University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO Cleaning, maintaining, and monitoring the Ceramic and Sculpture facilities
2014-2015 Translator for Chinese Visiting Artists University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO Interpreting lectures and translating written transcripts for visiting artists
2016 Studio Assistant: Firth Macmillan University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Project manager in the ceramic restoration of artist's work for upcoming exhibition
Studio Assistant: Kim Dickey University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Casting and preparing ceramic segments, firing ceramic sculpture
2016-2018 Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA
Contingere Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA
From Within, Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA
Almonds and Grapefruits, Visual Arts Complex, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
Manifestations, The Ark Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
The Gilded Girls, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA