Linda Carmella Sibio | Episode 53

Photo Credit Blake Brousseau (left), Linda Carmella Sibio Art (right)

Growing up in West Virginia and orphaned at an early age, Linda Carmella Sibio started drawing at age 11. Since 1985, Linda has worked in various art media and performance art.

Linda assisted in starting The Los Angeles Poverty Department - a performance troupe in Los Angeles' Skid Row, and has an interest in those living on the fringes of society, particularly those with mental illness. Her art demonstrates how those experiences effect culture as a whole.

Linda moved to the desert 20 years ago after quietly slipping out of the psych ward of a Los Angeles-area hospital. In the desert, Linda has found a place where she can create in isolation. In addition to paintings and performance works, Linda created a workshop called The Insanity Principle, taking symptoms of insanity and transposing them into techniques for making experimental art. Linda teaches in the Hi-Desert, supported through Andrea Zittel's Hi-Desert Test Sites. Check the site in Fall 2018 for new dates.

In this episode Linda also talks about her desert neighbors and a harrowing experience of being followed home after a night of meditation.

Linda's work has been seen at the United Nations, Brussels Contemporary Art Fair, VSA Arts at the Kennedy Center, REDCAT in Los Angeles and more. She is represented by Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York where her latest work, 'The Economics of Suffering' as well as a performance piece titled, 'Emotional States of Zero' will be on exhibit beginning January 2019. A fundraiser for the exhibit, with limited capacity due to space, will be held in Los Angeles, with a reception afterward at a private residence, on Sunday September 16, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. If you are interested in attending the fundraiser or making a donation, please email: for more details and information.

View Linda's website here

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelor's Even, by Marcel Duchamp (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Madness and Civilization, by Michel Foucault (Insanity)

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, by Deleuze and Gautier