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Linda Kessler is an American artist- painter and photographer. She lives and works in New York City and has traveled and lived in Iceland, China, Brazil, Cuba, Italy, France, Morocco, Mexico Portugal and other regions of the world. “Painting and photography, for me is a metaphor for the struggle of life’s acceptance. My work is a process of transformation and healing, a salvation. Rather than looking toward religion or another means it is my work which informs and enables me to find meaning in life. By decomposing and recomposing materials, and reworking form, color, lines, space and textures I work the piece until it reaches a completion. Layered marks and Layers upon layers are built and destroyed suggesting the 'muscular armoring' based on the ideas of Wilhelm Reich. Re-experiencing emotionally earlier experiences of personal anguish, desperation and rage through the act of slamming, ripping, gouging, drilling, scraping, puncturing, the muscular armoring is broken down and the chaos, aggression and fear are liberated. similar to what human beings are, still showing the imperfections that brought us who we are.that moment. A similarity between painting and photography -- in photography it is instantaneous; in painting it is a process, taking time, which takes on a life of its own. "Many people are surprised that I work in both mediums. The creative process is different for each, and need both to express my vision and sustenance. The ordinary is the most compelling and extraordinary. It is the vulnerability and the humanness, in many ways hidden in daily life, which I try to discover.”

Linda Kessler is a native New Yorker. She picked up her first camera at 8 years old and had her first exhibition of a painting which traveled to Japan, when she was 10 years old. Intrigued and curious by photography and the inner depth and process of painting catapulted her to the realm of creativity and working in the arts, which continues to this day.

"It’s not about taking or creating pretty paintings or pictures, but seeing something that speaks to what humanness is.“

"Linda Kessler is an admirable talent who has always been able to find the spiritual core of her subjects. She has a wonderfully quiet center that reaches out in a patient way to make contact. Her photographs bring out the best and enlighten all that is good and right in a beautiful world that too often is viewed through a dark prism. Very few have the native intelligence to appreciate the difference and Linda Kessler definitely knows the difference.”

Eli Reed
Magnum Photos

Photo credit:  Eli Reed

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