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Bette Linderman

San Jose, CA 95126, U.S.A.
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My paintings and prints are serious in nature.  My sculptures and assemblages are playful and whimsical.  In both, content is central.

In my assemblage pieces, I explore the residue of memory and the emotions of nostalgia, aiming to elicit both the comfort of the familiar as well as the unsettling quality of the uncanny created by new and different juxtapositions. Working with images and ideas from my youth and integrating found objects, texts, and images of more recent vintage, I layer various ideas both physically and figuratively in the hope of provoking new ways of looking at cultural icons and relationships between objects.

I don't intend for my works to provide clear meaning or a direct answer.  Rather, the relations between the various elements in my work hopefully promote ongoing questioning.  I invite viewers to likewise approach these pieces as a means of investigating themes and ideas presented in a new way – one that is profoundly personal and yet strangely universal.