Linda Sikora resides with her family near Alfred NY where she has a studio practice and is a Professor or Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Academic study includes Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (BFA) and University of Minnesota–Minneapolis (MFA). Professional activities are national and international. Residencies include: Archie Bray Foundation; Chunkang College of Cultural Industry, Korea; Tainan National College of The Arts, Taiwan; Clay Edge, Australia. Collections include: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Racine Art Museum; Alfred Ceramic Art Museum; LA County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; Everson Museum; Huntington Museum of Art; Fuller Craft Museum.
Jars and teapots have been central to my practice for a number of years now. The teapot, more demanding of specific engineering particular to its function, and the jar, a generous canvas, its criteria of containment more permissive. These pieces fuel or act as counterpoint to other forms, or subjects under consideration. I am engaged with pottery form for its familiarity and congeniality, its ability to disappear into private/personal activities and places. But this is only one aspect of the work that, through its intelligence of colour, form and stance can also excite/awaken attention and thereby reflect back to the viewer their own imagination. Invisible or visible, or oscillating back and forth between these states, the posts foster both attention and inattention.