email// lindatdiec@gmail.com

post// PO Box 21102 Los Angeles, CA 91221

Linda T. Diec is an interdisciplinary installation artist, designer, educator, arts administrator and founder of the New Institute of Contemporary Art and Design, a network of galleries across the US promoting artist dialogue through exhibition and residency exchanges. She received an M.F.A. degree in 2013 from the Columbus College of Art & Design and a B.F.A. in Art (Glass) from The Ohio State University in 2007 where she also studied art history, architectural design and biochemistry.

Diec is first generation American, born to Vietnamese refugees. She grew up in a nontraditional, bilingual home in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH, where her parents were
pressured to stop speaking their native language to help her fit in. As a result, the
dissection, origin and meaning of language have heavily influenced her perspective and
way of communicating. Through her artwork, she translates and attempts to “make
sense” of the many faceted systems, idioms and ideologies of her surroundings.
As a trained glass blower, Diec is well versed in transforming a seemingly common
material into something extraordinary. With this, she creates dialogue that questions the
value of labor, work, utility, culture, space, and beauty in the handmade and
often imperfect. Her recent work illustrates the ego and futility of man’s desire for building perfection coursing the past, present and future. Through tradition, history, language and design, Diec creates poetic environments rich in cultural, spacial, and theoretical irony. Using the oculus as a metaphoric vehicle for analyzing utopic theories from the likes of Buckminster Fuller and Le Corbusier, she illuminates the inherent flaw in man’s attempt to create the perfect by glorifying the accidental. Further cultural and historic juxtaposition occurs through the layering music of the American Top 40’s into a single track, shown in tandem with a reconstructed and skewed image of the Pantheon; all acting as spotlights on humanity.

She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California finding beauty in the immense cultural density surrounding her.

Exhibiting internationally, curating shows and freelancing as an arts preparator and advisor she has had the privilege to speak and demo at institutions such as:

The Columbus Museum of Art
The Ohio State University
Columbus College of Art & Design
Pilchuck Glass School Stanwood, WA
Glass Axis
Kanazu Glass School Japan
Dennison University
Otterbein University
Roy G Biv Gallery
Non-Stop Institute
Glass Art Society Conference Pittsburgh, PA; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO