We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Sue Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda Sue, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My parents were both affected by the Great Depression and then surviving WWII. The result was they lived a very cautious life. While I was encouraged to go to college, I had no grasp of options. The program seemed to be–go to school, get married, buy a house and have children. I moved out of their house right after I turned 18. I didn’t know what I wanted to do other than I didn’t want to re-live their lives. I already knew what that was like and I wanted to see what else was out there. I started exploring in earnest—meeting new people with different lifestyles eventually hooking up with a group of artists. That felt good. I started taking art classes moved on to journalism and then an internship in video production. I had no idea of my path but was drawn to learning new skills. Most of the time I was terrified. There was no safety zone and most times I was the only woman in the room. I stayed focused on the task in front of me and did lots of yoga. My nature is to recognize brick walls and find ways around them. I leaned heavily on moving towards things that felt right and stepping around the road blocks. In looking back, I was outside the box most of the time—continually trying new things and taking risks that others didn’t or wouldn’t take. Safe was boring. Risk was interesting, challenging and scary but it was a lot of fun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create mixed media work that incorporates neon tubes. Using multiple layers such as acrylic sheets, spheres, rods, metal washers, I play with the light and glow to create work that is gestural and whimsical. Color, reflection, texture and animation add to what becomes a playful visual experience. My bending process can be described as dancing with the glass. When you bend to pattern–the traditional way of bending–a fixed amount of tube gets heated for a specific bend. After heating, the hot tube is placed on a table and bent to a pattern. Bending freeform is more like a dance. As the glass liquefies, the artist and the glass become dance partners. The glass is bent in the air allowing for three-dimensional moves. I’ve been bending since 2005 and have about 2500 hours in the fires. Each day in the fires is a learning experience. Every time you figure something out you end up having to re-learn the practice because the process is so interconnected. Patience and focus are critical skills. I am sensitive to the energy around me and I respond to that. I did a series on chaos that featured pieces about fire, flood and politics. Responding to divisive rhetoric, I did a series about connections that featured images recognizing the diversity of California. Most recently, I found inspiration in a line from Anne Herbert’s essay, Handy Tips on how to behave at the death of the World. She suggested we “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” so I created this series titled Plan B. Each piece contains elements recycled from previous work. The work is fun, playful and pretty.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pre-covid I would spend a day visiting several galleries along Santa Fe Avenue in Los Angeles with lunch at Edi-Bowl then on to Hauser & Wirth ending with ice cream at Salt and Straw. Another day would be spent in Glendale visiting the Museum of Neon Art, shopping the Americana and lunching at Din Tai Dung. If the visit was in March or April, I would rent a house with a pool in Palm Springs for a couple days. While there I would visit the Living Desert Zoo, Joshua Tree and do a couple hikes. Back in Los Angeles I would have dinner at Providence, lunch at Ramen Yamadaya and sunset drinks at the Lobby Lounge on the 70th floor of the InterContinental Hotel in downtown LA. On another day I would cruise south on Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach. I’d also try to slip in some theatre in Culver City and music at either the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena or to hear Poetic License at the City Lights Cocktail Lounge in Hacienda Heights.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jack Corcoran, Michael Flechtner, Michael Stover, Richard Price and Jesse Price The Sun Magazine.
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