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By Linda Smith Numbers 27:6–7

The work of artist Linda Smith celebrates female forms while reflecting on the attention paid to women in Numbers 27:6-7.

Contended by Linda Smith

Linda Smith, Contended

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Linda Smith, Retain

Mixed Materials
Artist Curated by
Michael Markham


Numbers 27:6–7

6 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

From the Artist

In my newest body of work, I have created different 3-dimensional shapes. Using organic materials such as pig bladder, gauze, hemp, pantyhose and various fabrics, I weave together multiple womblike forms using a variety of processes including burning, alternatively exposing and concealing the interior. My objective in working with such varied physical properties and materials is to create a world of weightless spheres that provide a temporary haven from outside elements.


Linda Smith is an artist and art educator who helped start a non-profit with her partner Prossy Yohana while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx, NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, Embassies and Universities.

Instagram: @laughing_linda


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