Dr Linda Erceg is a multidisciplinary artist and lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Media at University of Tasmania in Hobart. Her creative practice spans a range of mediums, including photography, video and installation. In recent works, Linda creates sculptural objects and large-scale installations that explore the connection between stitched artefacts, living systems and patterning. Using a range of recycled and repurposed plastics, her work is a timely exploration of the impact of anthropogenic change and the imagining of future ecologies. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally with support from Australia Council, Arts Victoria and Arts Tasmania.
Having graduated with a Bachellor of Education in Perth, Linda worked for six years as a high school science teacher. She then returned to study in order to pursue her interests in the visual arts. Relocating to Hobart, she completed a Bachellor of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania, followed by a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT in Melbourne, before returning to Hobart to complete her PhD.
Linda has worked as a professional artist as well as a teacher and curriculum developer across several educational sectors. Before joining the University of Tasmania, she taught at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne and in the TAFE Visual Arts Department at RMIT. Linda was the Programs Coordinator in the TAFE Visual Arts Department between 2008 and 2010.
PhDBiomorphic Loop: Visualising patterns of growth (Fine Art), University of TasmaniaAustralia2017
MFAToys, Dolls and Computer Gaming (Media Arts), Royal Melbourne University of TechnologyAustralia2001
BFA (Hons)Photography Major, University of Tasmania 1997
BEd (Hons)Science Major, Edith Cowan UniversityAustralia1988
Languages (other than English)
Between 2008 - 2010, Linda worked as the Programs Coordinator at RMIT Melbourne, in the TAFE Visual Arts Department. This included management of five discrete programs offered within the Visual Arts and Public Arts programs.
On her arrival in Hobart, Linda worked as the Program Officer on the Pathways Project from 2010 - 2014. Funded by a major Commonwealth grant, this project addressed three major aims: creative arts curriculum renewal, articulation between arts programs in TAS TAFE and UTAS, and refurbishment of studios and facilities ahead of the co-location of the TAS TAFE arts programs at the UTAS School of Art.
Photography, Installation Art, Photo Essay, Textiles, Sculpture, Anthropocene, Climate change, Sustainability, Materiality
Linda teaches and coordinates face-to-face and online units in several courses including the; Bachellor of Fine Arts, Diploma of Family History and Diploma of Arts and Health.
Linda has a special interest in the design, development and delivery of online teaching. She has been working in this field since 2015 and has been part of the Digital Transformation Leaders team.
In 2020, Linda was awarded a letter of commendation for teaching excellence from the University of Tasmania Provost, Professor Jane Long.
- Fine Arts
- Installation Art
- Multidisciplinary Arts
- Climate Change
- Art and the Anthropcene
Linda’s research aligns to the University’s research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainabilty.
Her research interests explore the connection between stitched artefacts, living systems and patterning. Through the construction of modular and interconnected elements, she investigates the biological structures and systems that underpin ecological life forms. Using a range of recycled and industrial plastics, (eg - fishing line, mesh nets, garden trellis, fruit bags and packing strap), she manipulates these materials into organic shapes and structures through the processes of stitching, knotting and heat treating.
The misuse of plastics has increasingly become a topic of ecological concern, as vast accumulations of plastic waste are buried in landfill and swirled around in ocean currents to create floating islands or “garbage patches”. Her artworks question contemporary attitudes to plastics and provide a new way of seeing the unique properties that they possess. She treats her plastics as precious materials; devoting time and energy into exploring their lightness,translucence and malleability. While adopting a playful approach to material exploration, Linda questions the part that all consumers play in the lifecycle of disposable plastics.
Biomorph in ‘Tensions: Tamworth Textile Triennial’, a national touring exhibition, travelling to ten galleries across Queensland, Victoria and NSW over three years.
Fields of Research
- Fine arts (360602)
- Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation (410103)
- The creative arts (130103)
- Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
- Management of solid waste from commercial services and tourism (110103)
Major Creative Work(2 outputs)
|2020||Erceg L, 'Biomorph', Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth Regional Gallery (2020) [Published Creative Work]|
|2019||Erceg L, 'Morphologica: An Ephemeral Art Project', Northern Transformation Project, University of Tasmania, Inveresk, Tasmania (2019) [Published Creative Work]|
Grants & Funding
Morphologica, Public Art Project, commissioned by the Arts Tasmania Corporate Art Scheme, April 2019 -October 2020. Funding amount $20 000.
The Arts Tasmania Corporate Art Scheme, is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania’s Northern Transformation Program and Arts Tasmania. It aims to create an opportunity to comment on art through urban transformation. The first arts project to be selected for this funding, Morphologica was an evolving and expanding sculptural installation that transformed several spaces throughout the Inveresk precinct. Visitors were encouraged to explore Linda’s ‘growing seed points’ around the School of Architecture, Creative Arts and QVMAG, and think about the plastic materials used; their innate beauty and their potential for ecological damage.
Number of grants
- Living in the Plastocene is an artwork that transforms recycled plastics into an immersive sculptural installation with large-scale organic forms, sound design, and kinetic elements. Referencing the growing impact of plastics in this new epoch of the Anthropocene, this work presents a thriving artificial ecosystem that mimics the processes and lifecycle of natural systems. Having exhibited installations of mixed plastics since 2017, this new work extends my practice through the addition of sound and movement. I will collaborate with sound and media artist Matt Warren in the creation of a dronescape that responds to these works, while artist Dylan Sheridan will provide technical assistance for the creation of kinetic systems.
- Australia Council for the Arts ($16,173)
- Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Erceg LS
|Masters||Paper Towns and Abandoned Places: Contemporary jewellery and object responses to what we take, what we cast off and what could have been||2021|
|PhD||Drawing for speculation: A practical inquiry using contemporary drawing practice to research the archive||2022|
|Masters||Changing faces: a qualitative visual art and health research project exploring how therapeutic photography and photovoice can serve as mediums to examine identity and wellbeing in women undergoing significant reconstructive facial surgery||2022|
|PhD||Re-envisioning the Master Narrative of Anzac: A painterly investigation of memory and memorialising of the Great War at the Australian War Memorial|
Candidate: Michael William Nay