Tracy Linder’s sculptures and installations address our integral connection to the land, the sanctity of our food sources and the innate survival skills of all species. Linder grew up on a family farm and now lives on the vast windswept prairie of south central Montana. It is a place where the life-cycle is prevalent and death is commonplace.
Linder is exploring the cultural significance of agriculture and agribusiness along with the integral roles of science, humanity and philosophy. Her works are an extension of living a life close to the land as she transforms remnants of animal, plant, human and machine into visceral hybrids that reveal the reciprocal relationships necessary to sustain life.
She contemplates the mass of these circumstances by looking at the individual; the source. Linder is interested in the individual biographies of the mundane; the endurance and perseverance of the vulnerable. The cyclical patterns embedded in time are inherent to her process.
It is true ‘all flesh is grass’ and Linder is always seeking to reveal the intermingled and interdependent relationships necessary to the survival of both the grass and the flesh.
Linder’s works have been shown nationally and extensively in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. In 2013, the Missoula Art Museum presented a solo exhibit of Linder’s Blindsided series. In 2012, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, WY presented a mid career retrospective along with publishing a significant catalog. She has had numerous solo shows including: OK Harris Works of Art, NYC; Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis; Gallery 210, St. Louis; Holter Museum of Art, Helena; Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City; Prescott College Art Gallery, AZ; and Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings.
In 2015, Linder was a featured speaker at a TEDx event in Billings, MT. She has served on the Montana Arts Council since 2008. Her work was included in the inaugural exhibit of the Bozeman Sculpture Park in 2011. She was the first artist in residence of the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Visible Vault for 6 months. She was also selected to be a resident at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. In 2000, Linder was commissioned by the US General Service Administration’s Art in Architecture program for the Sweetgrass, MT/Coutts, AB Border station. Prior to that she taught at MSU-Billings and served as the Gallery Director for 6 years. She received her MFA in 1991 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“For over twenty years, Tracy Linder has been using the medium of sculpture for a sustained investigation into the productivity and culture of modern farming and agribusiness, our reciprocity with the land and the particular cycles and rhythms of a life lived on the high plains of Montana. The materials she chooses to work with form a rich body of work that deeply meditates on the plants we grow for food, animals that we eat and live with and the farm machinery that performs grueling labor. Encountering Linder’s sculpture is an emotional, physical and spiritual experience…Stepping into her world, you are someplace that is lived, felt, embodied and also grieved over.”—Lisa Hatchadoorian, Curator, Nicolaysen Art Museum (2012)