Linda Waber is a contemporary Austrian artist whose career began in the 1970s after her graduation from the Academy for Visual Arts in Vienna in the mid-1960s.
She has exhibited extensively in Austria and internationally and has had two exhibitions at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, one being a full retrospective in 2010 to mark her 70th birthday and the second, an exhibition of drawings in celebration of her association with Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker, whose 90th birthday is being celebrated in 2015 in German literary circles. This was accompanied by the publication of a book.
The exhibition at the UCT Irma Stern Museum features her drawings of artists’ studios, a subject, which has intrigued her for some years both in Austria and South Africa.
In 2010 a first visit to South Africa produced a number of these “ Atelierzeichnungen”. These works have been described as, “curious, but never voyeuristic, and with a sharp eye for detail, she captures the character of a room.”
Travel and the celebration of each day of her life through her work has forged many links with people in many countries, no less South Africa. This creative diplomacy forged a friendship with Austrian born South African artist Alice Goldin and resulted in an exhibition of Alice Goldin’s work at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna in 2012. This association will be re-established with the inclusion of woodblocks by Alice Goldin forming part of the exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum.
The artist’s own studio and home in the neighbourhood of the Augartenpark in Vienna is her base, but she also returns to her countryside roots in Zwettl, Lower Austria, when she is not travelling the world to her many friends and wide family circle. Her tools which are her pencils, inks, paints and brushes travel with her.
Seizing the moment is this artist’s modus operandi!
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