“what’s the why”

So, that’s a painting. Yeah. I’ve been dying to talk to Canadian artist Lindsay Arnold about this ongoing series for ages. It’s titled “Tedium”, and in case you haven’t listened to the episode yet, I read her artist statement about this work. I’m going to post it here too because it’s just too perfect to be missed:

“In my grandmother’s time the doily was required for protecting surfaces, concealing imperfections, ornamenting surroundings, and measuring status. Today doilies are found in abundance at thrift stories, auctions and forgotten linen closets. Hours of female labour are represented in these worn, stained and unfashionable objects. The imperfections which have rendered the doilies unusable for their original purpose inspire narratives which are further explored through interactions with objects such as scissors, pins, and utensils. The doilies are stretched, torn, and misshapen, such as we are by marriage, illness, motherhood and more. “Tedium” is way to honour the difficult experiences which leave us worn, acknowledge thankless repetitive labour, and reveal a part of the anonymous doily maker’s story.” ~ Lindsay Arnold

See? Beautiful, and it sets up everything you’re about to see. That said, here are a few of my favorite paintings from this gorgeous series:

Oh my word. They’re just too good. Paintings. How are they paintings?

Now, before I show you all of the other pieces I’m in love with from that series, I want to show you a few of the drawings from one of Lindsay’s earlier series, titled very appropriately, “Rooted”:

Ah yes, I remember all of that from those first few years as a new mother. Sigh. So lovely, so smart … and fantastic that her mentor at the time, Canadian artist Holly Fay, encouraged her to turn these from something she did while her baby napped, into a full project bound into a gorgeous “artist book”.

And now, back to “Tedium”! This is where it began… perfect doilies drawn with a dip pen and white ink. And those shadows… oh, the shadows {they’re what made me assume these were photos during a quick scroll-by}:

… and then things started to get not so perfect, because imperfection is so much more interesting {and real!}:

Seriously. Paintings. Now, how about watching some real doilies in action! Here’s a trailer for the video Lindsay created using her delicate muses:

So fun! If you’d like to see the full video, you can find it right here.

Speaking of fun …

Yes, both Lindsay and I in all our catty / Halloweenie goodness! Meow. Thanks so much to Lindsay for answering all of my prying questions; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; and HUGE thanks to you for listening. I’m on my way to the University of Wisconsin for the entire week, because they’ve invited me to be a visiting professor – obviously I’ve tried desperately to buy a corduroy jacket with elbow patches, but alas, nothing. Anyway, all of this to say there won’t be a podcast this coming weekend, so have a great Halloween {I’m sure we’ve inspired you with our costumes}, and I will be back with a new episode on Saturday, November 4th!

ps. If you want to listen to an older episode while I’m away, you can find all one hundred and ten of them right here.

Other links:

  1. SAIT, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  2. Holly Fay, Artist
  3. Martha Cole, Artist
  4. Lindsay’s Instagram feed
  5. Video Pool
  6. Lindsay’s video, “Table Dance”

 






comments (9)

  1. Gwen Gunter /// 10.21.2017 /// 7:27am

    OMG! This episode with Lindsey was the best ever! Your lead was just
    Perfect for revealing her wonderful story. That’s what I love about your interviews – starting with a great piece of art and through lively conversation a fascinating story is revealed. Her lack of a formal art education and generous mentors along the way resonated with my own story so that was an added delight. And then there’s the fact that I can’t stop watching her amazing video!
    Thank you for the wonderful job you do !!
    All the best,
    Gwen

  2. Sue McArthur /// 10.21.2017 /// 2:53pm

    wow.. makes me nostalgic for bygone times all the women who went before me.. my own childhood and motherhood and now grandmotherhood now.. wonderful work

  3. Julie /// 10.22.2017 /// 12:28am

    Such a fun talk and beautiful work. I LOVE Lindsay’s artist statement and ‘concept’ behind the work.
    Have a great week x

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  6. bruna /// 10.23.2017 /// 9:32am

    OMG. i have 2 of EXACTLY the same doily (red roses/green leaves) that my mother made. i cannot bring myself to discard them!

  7. Berta /// 10.25.2017 /// 8:09am

    One of my favorite interviews. I loved her reaction to your invitation to be a part of your show next year. So glad you included that in the episode. Her work is stunning!!!! I can’t believe the series Tedium is all paintings, WOW. I live in Florida but may find my way to your your show in LA next year. I would love to see Lindsay’s work in person.

  8. JulieB /// 10.27.2017 /// 1:04pm

    Danielle–another great interview that inspires and encourages…fun, real, extraordinarily talented people with real lives we can all relate to….have a great week, prof!

  9. Pamela /// 12.13.2017 /// 6:08pm

    You are the fairy art mother. I really loved this interview and I’m so glad to hear that you will be including Lindsay in your LA show.







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