Linda Troeller’s Self-Reflection exhibition opened Dec 6 and continues to March 3 2019 at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA. It is curated by Paula Tognarelli, the museum director, who hung Stroller’s self-portraits paired with portraits photographers took off her over the past five decades.
Linda Troeller writes:
I started taking self-portraits at twenty while attending a student luncheon at the home of the artist Georgia O’Keefe. She saw me with a camera and suggested I go out on her ranch and see what the spirits guided me to. I made a self-portrait then and this became a huge interest for my life.
Using this method I express emotions and recover new sensations. In the project for my exhibition I included photographs of me taken by other photographers such as included in this selection David P. Broda, USA, Lucien Clergue, France, 1980, Kay Kenny, USA. 1977 which offered the opportunity to be part of their own stories and which expanded mine. With this work, putting myself in the pictures, I am adding the female body which is often left us out to the history of art.
The following quote said by a woman in my earlier book Erotic Lives of Women, Scalo with Marion Schneider’s interviews, describes my quest:“Here is a woman feeling herself, playing herself, turning into herself.” Yifat Hachamovitch,1987.
This week The Art Fuse, a Boston critic’s blog wrote about this show as one to see:
“Clearly borrowing some of her ideas from the work of famed contemporary artist Cindy Sherman, Linda Troeller has put together a show of intimate self portraiture that seeks to document an important time in photography, a period when the photographer took on the role of the sitter, the viewer, and the maker. The artist explains: “The self-portrait is a composition of structured forces and aspects of our developed knowledge of life. It is a guide toward “Who am I?” The Art Fuse, December 16, Art Fuse Staff, Boston.