Linda Mae Tratechaud
My studio is filled with evocative figure-less garments. Antiquated Notions, Artemis’ Apron, Chastity Belt Hot-Pants, Embrace; Straight-Jacket Bellbottoms, Pele; Goddess of Our Time, and Girdle Thong. The last piece inspired by the graphics on a trucker’s mud flaps. Breasts and vaginas represent nurturing and birth—creating. I celebrate historical and mythical women: Eve, Elizabeth, the Mary’s, and other influential women, whose narratives have often been written by men. I analyze female role models and transform them into super heroines.
As well, I strive to create art that addresses the everyday interactions of the female experience. As an avid people watcher, I invent stories based upon personal observations, and incorporate them into my work. I am especially interested in how Women intersect with the world around them and negotiate their personal power. I weave metaphor into tangible objects by addressing social constructs, human emotion, and precarious relationships. This creative process is a path to self-discovery while I access my intuitive and authentic voice.
My Evocative Figureless Garments are meant to be explored, allowing the viewer to create their own narrative.
Linda Mae Tratechaud, an Albuquerque native, has lived in Albuquerque, Denver, Amsterdam, Placitas, and now Santa Fe. She loves to travel and observe other people and how they live, but always returns “home” to New Mexico. She earned an Associates degree in Graphic Design from the Colorado Institute of Art, a BFA from UNM, and continued to study glass casting and sculpture at the Santa Fe Community College. She has designed and illustrated for graphic design studios, advertising agencies, and book publishers, winning numerous local and national awards during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s.
For the past decade she has been creating figurative fine art influenced by her interest in line and narrative. She has exhibited at the John Sommers Gallery, University of Richmond Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, Museo De Arte in Juarez, Center for Contemporary Arts, Downtown Contemporary Art Center, Creative Albuqueruqe and Art’s Alliance, Red Dot Gallery, Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts, SCA Contemporary Art, Santa Fe Community Gallery, Mill Fine Art, Copper Moon Gallery, Jay Etkin Gallery, Harwood Gallery, Albuquerque Museum Foundation, and the April Price Gallery.
In her current work she has created evocative figureless garments in small-scale cast bronze, aluminum, silver, glass, and paper that continue to tell the tale she observes in everyday interactions and relationships. Linda is a local activist and humanitarian and has incorporated her art into helping causes she cares about in a creative way.