Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Behar.
Born in Venezuela and established in the United States since 2000, Linda Behar is an artist originally trained as a Civil Engineer. Always interested in the arts, she attended the “Academia Taller Arte y Fuego” in Caracas between 1994 and 1998. She became a specialist in Glass Casting and Pate de Verre through studies and workshops in Italy and USA.
Interested in learning new materials and methods for her work, Behar decided to study a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in printmaking at the Florida Atlantic University, from which she graduated in 2014.
Behar has actively participated in biennales in Venezuela and the United States with numerous awards and honorable mentions. Her work has been exhibited nationally and Internationally in galleries and art centers. A dedicated teacher, Behar taught in Venezuela as well as at the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University.
Behar’s used a wide variety of techniques and medias currently working on combining laser cutting with traditional printmaking techniques, specifically woodblock printing. Her research has centered on the representation of women’s bodies and gender identities throughout history, more specifically focused on body language as it relates to gender norms.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m an artist whose interest in shapes manifests itself through a variety of media. I seek to bring forward the contradictions between the expectations of society and an individual’s sense of self. My focus is on women and the stark standards that have been established for a woman’s appearance. After finding a study made by the U.S. government in 1940 to standardize the women body, I created a geometrical shape using the measurements generated by the study and presented in drawings and in three-dimensional figures. I carry this work forward in an exploration of figural gesture through miniature figures in the round and subtly three-dimensional 3D-printing images.
The exploration of shape goes deeper through my work with the study of body language. The pose is shapes, and shape is both a noun and a verb, to understand the human behavior is imperative to see it as a whole. Body language gave a visual form to identity and enhanced the visual aesthetics of communication. Through the pose, the body, and the strictures of tradition, the image itself shapes what one says and the way one thinks and preserves them as art. You are what you create, as much as you are what you perform. My goal is to create images that echo the past, confront the present, and embrace the future.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Try to go to the openings, keep your artist friends close and try to do artist residence.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
January 12-31 CONCEPTualism at The Box Gallery, Florida www.TheBoxGallery.Info.
February 1- March 10 IMAGO Gallery, Rhode Island.
March 1 April 1 Chromatic at 3S ArtSpace, Porthmouth, New Hampshire.
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