Women of the New // Artist Interview: Lindsay Carron

We are so excited to host our second installment of the Women of the New Contemporary at our new home in Anaheim.  We are honored to host this group show that highlights some of the best and most progressive artists from around the globe.  We interviewed each artist contributing to the WOTN show to get to know them better and, since most of them were a part of last year's show as well, find out what's new and exciting in their art careers.

Artist Bio
Lindsay Carron is an art activist who utilizes creative mediums as conduits for knowledge. Through connection and integration in various indigenous communities and wildernesses, she artfully bridges cultures and the traditional and modern world. Her aim is to create art that unites, empowers, educates, and provides hope for the planet, connecting us back to nature and back to ourselves.

Lindsay received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Pepperdine and continued on global adventures after graduating. In Mexico and Kenya she painted murals, created portraits, and lead art workshops focused on empowering individuals and communities. On the West Coast, Lindsay led two summers of creative activism workshops for youth with Creative Visions Foundation.

Lindsay’s artwork found a home in the wilderness as she focused her attention on a beloved species – the wolf. With California Wolf Center she educated and raised funds with her art. Then in service to the oceans, she painted murals on storm drains about urban runoff and protecting coastal ecosystems with the City of Malibu. Most recently, Lindsay painted a two-story mural featuring the Salish Sea orcas at The Whale Museum on San Juan Island.

In Alaska, Carron has found a strong resonance for the purpose of her work. Brought up to Juneau by Adventure Flow to lead painting excursions, she fell in love with the rugged wild land. Her artwork was exhibited in a solo show at Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and she illustrated three children’s books with Native Organization Sealaska Heritage. As an artist in residence with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge she created artwork featuring the Gwitch’in at Arctic Village. She is returning to the Refuge, this time to the North Slope and Kaktovik, an Inupiaq Eskimo village on the Arctic Coast, summer of 2017.  Lindsay lives and works between Los Angeles, California and Juneau, Alaska.


Interview with Lindsay Carron by Amanda Raynes:

We are so excited about the lineup for our upcoming Women of the New show - thank you for being a part of it again this year!  In the past year what things have changed for you and have you been exploring anything new with your work? What kind of things will you be working on for the show?
Over the past year, through opportunities to collaborate with Sealaska Heritage and US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, my artwork took on a strong vision for the environment.  I have consistently explored themes of connection between the human and natural world in my work, yet the specific projects of illustrating oral tradition Raven Tales of the Tlingit people in Juneau and an artist residency in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge challenged my art to become a strong messenger for the wild and those who have called the wilderness home for thousands of years.  For the Women of the New Contemporary Show, I look forward to sharing knowledge from these wild places through my artwork, weaving it into the intricate tapestry of Los Angeles city life, all the while exploring my role as a female artist and bridge-walker between the worlds of city and wild.  

Being a female artist myself I am especially curious to hear how your art path has been, specifically as a woman in the art world…can you talk a little bit about your experiences along the way?
To sum up my artistic path since graduating college in 2011, I’ll use the words adventurous, spontaneous, rigorous, playful, challenging, and unorthodox.  I have found it to be challenging to break into the art scene, and many times this challenge has caused some resentment and bitterness towards the art world.  My path has diverted accordingly toward a role of activist and explorer, as I have used my art to travel to various areas of the world, work with different cultures, and support movements toward a healthy and sustainable world.  Albeit challenging, I credit my art as a catalyst for the adventure, connection, and incredible moments and relationships in my life.  As a woman, I have a big heart for all the beings of the world.  As an artist, I have a devout urge to affect change.  That combination, though often beaten down, I believe is enough to ignite a fire of passion, inspiration, and good work across the planet.

The world has changed greatly in the past year - as a woman what kind of change would you like to see happen and do you use your artwork to communicate that?
Yes, change!  It’s time.  I hold strongly in my consciousness the hope that we can all come back into relationship and connection: with each other, with the earth and all her beings, and with ourselves.  When we connect, there is love, and with love there is a passion to care for and heal.  Every time I put pen to paper, I am igniting these concepts, these hopes, and bringing them forth in imagery.  

What/Who are you inspired by lately - are there particular things you are reading, looking at or listening to that are a part of your creative process?
I recently completed a drawing that is 3 by 4 feet, and during the long hours before completion, I listened to the podcasts by Ayana Young on  http://forthewild.world exploring concepts of rewilding, traditional ecological knowledge, misanthropy, and ancestry.  I have a strong connection with and am always learning from the people who have come before me in various areas of the world and the knowledge held in their cultures in alignment with the earth.  I am inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda and the stories of the far north, such as the journey of migrating with the caribou on foot in the Arctic in “Being Caribou”.  I am currently transfixed by the artwork of Josie Morway and Zaria Forman.  Playing the frame drum is a constant connection point for me, and it keeps the energy moving when I get stuck.