Linda Litteral has a MFA from SDSU. Her thesis was an exploration of art as a way to expose and heal childhood abuse. Her past teaching experience includes SDSU, Mesa, Miramar, Grossmont and Southwestern Colleges. She is a member of Allied Craftsman and Feminist Image Group. Her work has been seen extensively in Greater San Diego and is included in the collections of Museu Brasileira De Escultura, (The Brazil Museum of Culture) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdzhen, China.
An Interview with the Artist
Why do you make art?
I make art to talk about things people don’t usually want to talk about. I make art because I communicate better visually and I think better three dimensionally.
What kind of art do you make?
Ceramics, sculpture, and oil painting.
How did you become an artist?
I started making art when I was 39. Before that, I was an engineer. I was a welfare mom and took a skill building class offered by the federal government on drafting. Later, after I met my husband who was in the military we moved to Charleston. I couldn't get a job drafting because I was a woman.
While in Charleston, I was inspired by some porcelain jewelry and thought, “Hey, I could do that!” I found a ceramic art teacher who basically adopted me after seeing my very first painting I did in his class.
So, at 39, I began my life as an artist. I soon found that the process of art making opened up deep wounds and caused me to deal with my personal trauma from my childhood. I was sexually abused by maternal grandfather as a child. This process was very intense, but it saved my life.
What is your personal philosophy about art?
I believe creativity is an innate human characteristic and the process of being artistic is one of the most positive things we can do to give ourselves peace and to understand ourselves better.