“Making art is a way of making sense of my experience. Looking is a form of listening and taking in the world. I photograph to make tangible this act of looking and feeling. Simply calling attention to the interaction of light on the surface of things has the potential to transform one’s apperception of those things and events, just as focused attention can transform thought. Over time, images, words, sounds and artifacts gathered from my daily experience are reworked in my studio. The resulting artwork is an expression of my desire to apprehend and give form to moments and events of significance.”—2019
Artist-photographer Linda Cummings (b. Valley Forge, PA) studied fine arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and Rutgers University. She is a pioneer in the development of photography-based, mixed-media art. Cummings is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, Yaddo Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center and the New Jersey Printmaking Council. Her work has been featured in leading fine art publications such as BLIND SPOT magazine, Graver La Lumiere exhibition catalogue, and the “Director’s Cut” of APERTURE. Cummings’ work is included in many private and museum collections, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA; Muskarell Museum, Williamsburg, VA; NYU/Langone, New York, NY; New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, NY; Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT; Museo Nazionale della Fotographia de Brescia, Brescia, Italy; and Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland. Since 1996, she has taught at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Cummings lives and works in New York City and Branford, Connecticut.