Lin Evola — Contemporary Artist, Peace Angels Project Founder
Everything surrounding Lin Evola seems to be serendipitous — even our introduction to her. We went to interview Tess Cacciatore at her home and when we walked in she introduced us to her nominee — Lin Evola, who was sitting in her dining room. Tess said, “You should interview Lin today when we’re done.”
Now, if you know us at all, you know we like to be very prepared. We were the kids who did our homework right away after school and never waited to pull an all-nighter before the big term paper was due. We do extensive research and write detailed questions every time we sit with someone. So the idea of flying by the seat of our pants was a challenge to our core. But when Tess said, “Lin makes sculptures out of melted down weapons,” we thought, “This opportunity has come to us for a reason.”
But we never in a million years expected what would come next. We really didn’t need to have questions written because Lin just told her story, uninterrupted by us. We won’t give it all away but it has to do with angels, guns, nuclear weapons, fate, hate, love and healing.
Lin has been told all her life that she was put on earth for a very important reason. After sitting face-to-face with her and hearing the story of The Peace Angels Project, we believe that to be true. We hope you are as mesmerized by the story as we were.
We’ve posted the beginning of the journey below, but you’ve got to download the episode to see how it all unfolds.
Lin Evola: “I created the Peace Angels Project. It was November 2nd, 1992 when it kind of all basically hit. I had been told since I was 4 years old that I had this huge mission. I was going to be this great artist. People would just fall out of the woodwork — different races, different sexes, all different time periods — until I was 37. So four to 37 many, many times. And I had no idea what that meant. I just knew that I would rather make art than breathe…
“In 1987, I went to a library and this woman came in… And she said the same thing that all those people said to me for years. And it really pissed me off because I didn't know what she was talking about. I was just happy. I loved making art. So when she said this to me she said, ‘I can't tell you anymore, but I have a good friend who's a psychic and she could tell you…’
“It took me a couple of minutes but then I went over to see her. And I said, ‘What in the world is this?’ And she said, ‘Well there's good news and bad news.’ And I said, ‘Okay, what does that mean?’ She said, It’s going to be extremely hard, but also everyone on earth is going to know your name.’
“Five years later I lived in downtown L.A. after having a tremendous amount of exhibitions in San Francisco and at that time in London. And when I came to Los Angeles, this beautiful friend of mine Joya Delaney — a healer — was instrumental in me seeing some things that I needed to see…
“She said, ‘I want you to see this woman who sees angels.’ And I said, “Joya some people say leprechauns. I'm not into this stuff. I really don’t want to go…”
“I went to go see this woman. It was November 2, 1992. And I always say that was the beginning of the Peace Angles Project.”
To hear the rest of the story, tune in to Lin’s episode of The Passionistas Project.
And read more about The Peace Angels Project here.
And come back in two weeks to hear our interview with Tess Cacciatore — author of “Homeless to the White House.”