The artistic career of Linder Sterling (born Linda Mulvey in Liverpool in 1954, lives and works in Lancashire) stretches over three decades and numerous areas of cultural production.
The artist's first impact on the public was through the punk
fanzine "The Secret Public," and the sleeve for the Buzzcock's first single, “Orgasm Addict.” Linder Sterling's own group, Ludus, came next, founded with Ian Devine, and her photo-collaged friends of the 1970s.
If her appearances have remained famous in the musical
milieu (her costume of raw meat with black vibrator worn at a special evening at the Hacienda is unforgettable...), it is only very recently that the artist has found recognition for her visual contributions to punk and its offshoots.
With no clear academic career, without institutional or curatorial support until recent years, her multidisciplinary and performative work is simply part of her life. It has been said that Linder Sterling is the missing link between Tracey Emin and Yoko Ono
: as much as that description is evocative, it only hints at the visual richness of the work and the artist's own ambition.