Linder Sterling

September 27, 2015

A radical feminist and well-known figure of the Manchester punk and post-punk scene, Linder Sterling was renowned for her montages, which often combined images taken from pornographic magazines with images from women's fashion and domestic magazines (particularly those of domestic appliances) - all making a point about the cultural expectations of women and the treatment of the female body as a commodity.

Many of her works were published in the punk collage fanzine Secret Public, which she co-founded with Jon Savage.

One of her best-known pieces of visual art is the single cover for Orgasm Addict by the Buzzcocks (1977), showing a naked woman with an iron for a head and grinning mouths instead of nipples. "At this point, men's magazines were either DIY, cars or porn.

Women's magazines were fashion or domestic stuff. So, guess the common denominator – the female body. I took the female form from both sets of magazines and made these peculiar jigsaws highlighting these various cultural monstrosities that I felt there were at the time."  

Linder was also a partner of Howard Devoto, a founding member of Buzzcocks, who left the group to form Magazine.