One of the reasons Linda Lieberman is delighted to feature on the London Photographic Association website is that she has an opportunity to expose her EXPECT Series which has never been exhibited before. She feels that her work was misunderstood by one of the contestants on “The Apprentice” and wants to dispel any misconceptions that arose from this. “I feel that the problems which Tre on “The Apprentice” had with my work stemmed from the fact that he may not have understood the use of using the female form to express our entwinement and closeness with the ocean”, she explains.
Just prior to “The Apprentice” (episode five) being aired, Linda’s Ocean Series was exhibited at Gordon McHarg’s Subway Gallery in Edgware Road, London. Since “The Apprentice”, her photographic work has been exhibited at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth as part of the “Ocean Project Festival” (run by Kevin Johnson). During July some of her prints were on view in the “Leading Ladies Exhibition” at the Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Mayfair. Meanwhile, one of her Sculptural Lifelines is touring as part of the “BlindArt Permanent Art Collection” and was recently in the Menier Chocolate Factory Southwark London in May
Linda’s first series of work was developed through her sculpture. This first series emphasised the ecology of the seed and the egg without which there is no world. This theme of care and protection repeats throughout all of Linda’s work and it is quite apparent in her EXPECT series, featured on this gallery. Here, the eggs are being enveloped by the human female form protecting and nurturing the egg’s fragility.
The same theme is picked up in some of her other photography, as she displays the seed and the egg both in harsh, precarious climes, surviving well without man’s intervention.
She is also exhibiting the EXPECT series in this featured gallery because it links with linear sculpture that she is developing on another related theme of Knots and Tangles and Life Lines. Some of this relevant sculpture can be seen on her website www.lindalieberman.com
Linda believes that “the umbilical cord is our first lifeline, and contains all our expectations as we come hurtling and unravelling out into the world. We all hope to move forward in a straight line thereafter, but of course this is not the case!” The tangles we create affect not only ourselves, but also those around us - human and otherwise.
Our expectations, and the knots and tangles we create along the way are about the very essence of life. Every action creates a reaction, and this is why Linda feels so strongly that our lives and ecology are so closely related. Mankind and nature are inseparable
In this featured gallery EXPECT Series Linda decided to have the prints done as Lithographic prints as this leads to a sculptural feel, which is so appropriate to the monumental importance of pregnancy. The lith prints enhance the deep hollows and highlights on the bodies. Linda wanted not to beautify, but to capture the mystery of the creative process that pregnancy is.
The young pregnant women reveal their nudity with complete pride and confidence. It’s a moment in time when these women feel proud of themselves and what they and their bodies are achieving together. They don’t care about the body’s struggles with what the fashion world dictates or their own expectations of how their bodies should be.
Through Linda’s own experience of being pregnant she can identify with the joy, and pride. No matter how one looks, one’s body is just perfect!
Linda really admired the women she worked with during this series, and especially enjoyed working with her two pregnant friends who could never have imagined sharing such a personal space and so much laughter.
Linda’s will continue to push forward with the Knots and Tangles Series and says “I’ll be lucky if I can see straight by the end of the year!”