I am intrigued by issues of female identity, the myth of perfection, and perceived expectations of self. As a wife and mother I find myself inundated with messages about what I should aspire to have, such as: the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect ageless face. My work is a response to the behavior and compulsions related to striving for and maintaining a faultless appearance. I use drawing and mixed media to explore female experience from the vantage point of the white picket fence.
Domestic life provides an abundance of miscellaneous items existing only to make things look nice. Closets and drawers overflow with pretty wallpaper, gift wrap, china plates, doilies, lace, and buttons. I employ lovely household detritus as a foil to the ugly side of human nature, endeavoring to charm and unsettle the viewer simultaneously.
Friends and neighbours contribute materials for me to use in my projects. I also obtain items at local garage sales and auctions. As I collect materials I am often privy to confessions as to how the items were stuffed into closets, basements, sheds and other places the unsightly parts of our lives are stashed away. Histories of the people connected to the objects are often discussed; personal connections imbued in the items are transferred to the work. My work provides a means to record the unspoken experiences of domestication and encourage further discussion of subjects considered unmentionable, such as: aging, jealousy, obsession, addiction, mental illness, competition and repression.
Lindsay Arnold is an American Canadian artist, born in Rugby, North Dakota and raised in North Portal, Saskatchewan.
Lindsay credits her creative talents to the long line of knitters, crafters, and makers in her family tree.
What she lacks in formal art training, Lindsay has made up for in mentorships, workshops, artist retreats and hard work.
Lindsay still lives in North Portal, SK with her husband and daughter.. When she is not working in her home studio, she can be found moonlighting as North Portal’s municipal administrator.
Connect with Lindsay
1997 Cinema, Television, Stage & Radio, Southern Alberta Institute of Tech., Calgary, AB
2017 Tedium, Taube Museum of Art, Minot, ND
2017 Broken Hearts, Art Gym, Denver, CO
2017 Tedium (solo)STM Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2016 Works on Paper: MAWA Members' Showcase, MAWA, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Heirlooms, (solo) Hollow Earth Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Hearth, curated by Jenny Western, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK
2015 Rooted: The Daphne Dilemma, (solo) curated by Griffith Aaron Baker, The Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK
2014 Through the Looking Glass, (solo) Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK
2014 Working Moms, curated by Jeff Nye, Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach, SK
2012-15 Garden Immaculate, (solo) toured by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s Arts on the Move Program to 15 Saskatchewan venues
2011 Mind the gap!, by Amanda Cachia & Jeff Nye, Dunlop Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery
2010 Rooted, (solo) Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK
2009 Mind the gap!, by Amanda Cachia & Jeff Nye, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2007 Connections of Spirit, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK
2005 Weeds, (solo) Melville Community Works, Melville, SK
2004-2006 The Uncanny Landscape, toured by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s Arts on the Move Program to 15 Saskatchewan venues
2004 Visions: As We See It, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK
Publications and Media:
2016 The Jealous Curator. (2016 Mar 14), Lindsay Arnold
2015 October’s Best Vine (stop motion video), AkimboTV’s #6SECGLORY Competition
2012 Garden Immaculate, By Lauren Fournier, OSAC, Regina, SK
2009 Mind the gap!, By Amanda Cachia, Exh. cat. Regina, SK: Dunlop Art Gallery
2010 Visions of Roche Percee, Vision Art Guild collaboration, Village of Roche Percee
2006 Visions of North Portal, Visions Art Guild collaboration, permanent installation at the North Portal Community Centre
2005 Grandview, Community Art Project, North Portal Community Centre
2015 Garden Immaculate, Saskatchewan Arts Board
2010 The Stifled, The Hypocrite, The Wielder, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
2006 Weeds, Meyers Norris Penny LLP
2005 NWMP Map Project, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
2015 Individual Artist Project Grant: Sask Arts Board
2015-16 Advisory Committee Member, Artist in Residence Program, Estevan Arts Council
2015 Participant, CARFAC Mentor in Residence Program, Mentor Adrian Stimson
2008-15 Art Instructor, Estevan Arts Council, Weyburn Arts Council
2009-10 Bookbinding & Wheat Paste Mentorship with Martha Cole, Disley, SK
2006-08 Gallery Educator, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
2005-06 CARFAC SK Mentorship with Mentor Holly Fay, Regina, SK
2005-15 Organizer, Visions Art Guild Annual Artist Retreat, North Portal, SK
Visions Art Guild