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London College of Communication hosts Linder to discuss major public artwork exploring women's history in Southwark

Linder Sterling's Bower of Bliss artwork on display at Southwark Station, which features abstract photomontage of fruit.
Linder Sterling's Bower of Bliss artwork on display at Southwark Station, which features abstract photomontage of fruit.
The Bower of Bliss, Linder, 2018 – 2019. Photo by Thierry Bal, 2019.
Written by
Alex Brent
Published date
22 November 2019

Linder Sterling discussed her recent public commission ‘The Bower of Bliss’, featured at Southwark Station, with Art on the Underground curator Kiera Blakey at London College of Communication.

The Bower of Bliss is a large-scale commission that uses photomontage to reclaim female representation from the male gaze and is currently on at Southwark Station until January 2020.

Linder Sterling gave insights to the work – which consists of a 85-metre billboard that explores the histories of local women from sex workers in 43 A.D. to the women who work on the London Underground today.

Born in Liverpool, Sterling is an artist renowned for her work in radical feminist photomontage, with roots in the punk and post-punk scenes of 70s Manchester.

Sterling’s work focuses on questions of gender, commodity and display, combining everyday images from domestic or fashion magazines with pornographic images and archival material.

A resident at Tate St. Ives in 2013, Sterling was recently appointed as inaugural artist-in-residence at Chatsworth House in 2017 where she created four installations exploring the female voice.

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