Linda Mitchell was born in Atlanta in 1960. As a child, she started painting, making animal figurines, and sewing, all of which informed her work as a mature artist.
Mitchell’s early work focused on animals in multi-panel paintings, featuring cut-out figures, and other dimensional elements. The paintings focused on fluidly painted four-legged creatures in dramatic situations, emphasizing their human qualities. Mitchell turned to sculptural work using exposed wire armatures to create animals forms. She created disturbing scenarios of stalking and predation with multiple figures, some of which were fleshed out with fabric and black sand.
A collage class that Mitchell took near the end of graduate school became a real impetus in her developing a personal visual language. Collage allowed her to combine her impulse for image-making with her sculptural facility. In the dream-like juxtaposing of the real and the imagined she feels a kinship with four modern masters: Chagall, Miró, Tanguy, and Rousseau.