The Hiking Club; A Vocabulary Of Yearning
By Linda Simmel
This current project titled “The Hiking Club; A Vocabulary of Yearning” intertwines landscape, trees and the sublime in nature with the story of being the daughter of an immigrant. The works bring together nature and society and address an inheritance of longing. The project is homage to landscape and trees, as well as to the lost utopian ideals of Simmel’s father and the woods in which he wandered.
Linda Simmel (born in Los Angeles) is a Bay Area artist. Her art practice includes painting, drawing and printmaking. Simmel’s dark landscape-based paintings and historically-based etchings explore the influence of history on a psyche and subsequent feelings of longing. Linda has a BFA from the University of California at Berkeley. She was represented by Takada Gallery. In 2012 she was an artist resident at the Baer Art Center in Iceland, in 2013 an artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California. She has been an artist in residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California since 2007. Linda Simmel is included in the permanent collections of the Auchenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Are Museums of San Francisco, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art in Moraga, and the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Linda currently lives and works in Sonoma, California.