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BIO

American artist Linka Odom creates immersive photo light box installations using wood, metal and backlit photo prints, normally hung in outdoor settings, including found trees to suspend her installations from. Odom’s interest in photography stems from a childhood filled with creek walking and exploration. Her images explore our world, with a focus on unique cultures and the surreal. Ms. Odom’s work is driven to influence a culture of acceptance, encouraging the viewer to reflect and ultimately gain insight on the interconnection amongst all things. Ms. Odom has earned both an M.A. in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the Univ. of the Arts, London College of Communication and a B.F.A. in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Linka is currently based in New Orleans, LA.

 

Artists Statement

I think of my installations as a method to bring the static photograph off the wall and into a space of exploration, where the viewer is encouraged to make connections. Inspiration comes from childhood adventures, and setting off to explore the unknown. I am drawn to unique cultures and authentic expressions of the self. An optimist at heart, my work didn’t start out to be about one thing of the other, but over time I have come to find that it is rooted in bridging connections. My photography tends to focus on environmental landscapes and documents people living outside the norm. My light box installations are somewhat surreal and deliberately organic, as they adapt to the locations in which I install them. Evolution, growth, and connection are all important aspects of my work and I began collaborating with metalsmith Karina Stanton in late 2017 to help bring my visions to life. We continue to work with light boxes as I find they reach a wide audience, with their reference to the screens we spend hours and hours of our time in front of, yet they are ‘still’ images, allowing for moments of reflection.

 

 

Linka has lived in Texas, Florida, NYC, Colorado, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Berlin, she is currently based in New Orleans, LA.

 

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Interviews

Pickmotion:  #PCKPHOTOTALK- April 2015

Nua Nua: – February 2015

ArtConnect Berlin: Spotlight – July 2013

Be a Beacon Show with David Cohen: – January 2012

Top Photography Films: – November 2010

Bits & Bobs

  • My first backpacking trip was in 1998, I was 25, it changed my life in the best of ways.
  • I spent my first 17 years shooting with a Pentax 67 medium format camera and I love that beast.
  • I considered going into heavy photojournalism, but ultimately I decided that I didn’t want to focus on the negativity in the world.
  • I’m overly obsessed with dogs, so much so, that I love watching dog shows…I will dog-sit your dog.
  • I love singing Karaoke. I would love to be a singer…in the vein of say a rock star like Bowie 😉
  • I cannot wait to see my work in a real Museum. I still remember my first visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, walking in & seeing the huge Rauschenberg on the wall made a big impression.
  • I went to Burning Man 9 times, beginning in 1999, the art & freedom inspired me endlessly. But ultimately I prefer to put my energy into new experiences. I really love going to places I’ve never been before.
  • I get asked this a lot: Burma/Myanmar is my favorite country I’ve ever traveled in & the people are the kindest in the world. That being said, I thrive in difficult travel situations.
  • I have a huge fascination with Ernest Shackleton, explorers that took ships into the great unknown inspire me endlessly.

Some of my awesome clients!