Linder Sterling – often simply known as Linder – is a British artist known for her photography, radical feminist photomontage and confrontational performance art. Emerging from the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes in the 1970s, Sterling focuses on questions of gender, commodity and display.
Linder combines imagery that portrays women’s sexuality and domesticity to openly criticise conventional female roles and representation. She culls these materials from contemporary and vintage pornography publications, calendars showing idyllic English gardens, as well as automobile, culinary, and fashion magazines.
Cut and collaged by hand using a scalpel and glue, the juxtapositions recall a rich art history of photomontage, harking back to Hannah Hoch and the Dadaists.
As the first Artist in Residence at Chatsworth House, Linder created a sensory experience that draws on the identity of the house, its inhabitants and the objects and images that underpin the Devonshire legacy.