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July 12, 2010

Linda Ayala - artist


The creative imaginative collage of animal portraits by local artist, Linda Ayala, are on exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. My first impression of the work was that it was playful, original, and fun.

Linda attended Cleveland State University and received a Bachelor’s of Art degree. Nature, history, music, and culture are just a few of the many things she enjoys. Linda states, “when I am ready to create an image or a concept, I decide how it should be realized, whether in drawing, collage, clay, recycled materials, or in fabric. Exploring a new medium is just as much fun as exploring different subject matters.”

Each animal portrait is unique and entertaining. She uses old “Victorian” type photos of dresses and attaches animal heads to the clothing and adds theatrical backgrounds made of fabrics. The animals’ heads are trimmed, dressed-up, and glued to the fabrics that make the collage. You see the animals’ facial expressions and emotions. Linda states, “this series stems from my deep love and appreciation for animals. It may seem a bit odd to show animals dressed in clothing, but I want to relate them to people, to emphasize their emotions and show how we are similar.”

This exhibit is in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and it is open and free to all. It runs through August 15, 2010.

All of the work is for sale. If you have any questions or comments about this show, please contact June Hund at (216)368-0722 or at