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1: Lindsey Martin Process Book Table Of Contents: Artist Statement 2 Influences 4 Studio 8 Past Work: Before Grad School 10 Past Work: First Semester 14 Current Work 18 Future Explorations 25 Image List 26

2: I am interested in exploring how objects that are part of the infrastructure of the everyday in rural America act as reminders of my fear of home leaving me. The taken-for-granted objects start a dialogue within myself that contemplates the idea of everyday life and what I believe it to be. Milk crates, boxes, windows, mattresses all intrigue me for their geometric shapes, color, and banal existence in space. As I paint these subjects, associative meanings begin to emerge relating to aspects of home and my relationship to the Midwest. I am especially interested in notions of time, permanence and the overlapping of past memories in present time. Upheaval, change, dislocation, and loneliness are common experiences today as the stability of life is broken by the mobility of contemporary culture. By painting the banal objects I find in my environment in a loving manner that revives them, I am representing an element of my life, objects as a reminder of home, that I desperately want to remain connected to. I want my paintings to be contemplative and sometimes quiet. I want the audience to be invited to experience the painting for themselves and think about what the piece means to them. I often contemplate how objects within the paintings represent my life as well as memories of my past. Through similar tones of color, consistent surface treatment, composition, and attention to what the edges of the objects within the paintings do spatially; I hope to portray an openness- a type of airy and slow quality within the painting. 2

3: Different parts of the painting stay more abstract while others are representational, and I also play with space and depth by blurring parts of the painting. My work is greatly influenced by painters such as Justin Mortimer, Mike Lynch, and Carolyn Swiszcz, photographers like William Eggleston, and other artists like Gordon Matta-Clark. Carolyn Swiszcz uses flat areas of color and depictions of texture to create space. Justin Mortimer creates collages and uses them as references for his paintings that he completes in a very historically representational style. These artists influence my own work because they highlight the normally overlooked aspects of the environments they live in. Like Justin Mortimer, I create collages from my own photography that I reference when I paint. I find the spaces I create within the collages that transfer into paintings to be more representational of the environments than the original photographs were in the first place. 3

4: INFLUENCES: Visual and Otherwise | Carolyn Swizcz 4

5: Justin Mortimer 5

6: OTHER ARTISTS OF INTEREST Painting: Mike Lynch Antonio Lopez Garcia Christopher Brown Davide Lefkowitz Eric Aho Claire Malloy Roland Kulla Adam Normandin Claire Sherman Ulf Puder Sarah McCoubrey Michael Kareken David Rathman Fairfield Porter Giorgio Morandi Installation: Theaster Gates Robert Smithson Photography: Melanie Schiff Gordon Matta Clark Jeff Wall Drawing: Sophie Jodoin 6

7: THINGS I'M READING On Beauty and Being Just by Elaine Scarry (reading from my Topics class with Christina Schmid) The Everyday: Documents of Contemporary Art edited by Stephen Johnstone The Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape by James Howard Kunstler The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud The End of Art by Donald Kuspit Ways Of Seeing by John Berger OTHER SUBJECTS OF INTEREST AND INQUIRY contemporary ruins, mundane spaces, history (personal and otherwise), abandoned spaces, repetition, human imprint on industrial and non-organic spaces, geometric shapes, nostalgia, personal experiences, color, places that look overtly normal, longevity in paintings, comfort and control, accessibility, objects with associative meaning, American culture, MIdwestern culture, pattern, Americana Music: folk, bluegrass, blues 7

8: Studio | 8

9: 9

10: Past Work: Before Grad School | 10

11: 11

12: 12

13: 13

14: Past Work: First Semester | 14

15: 15

16: 16

17: 17

18: Current Work | 18

19: 19 | Collages

20: 20

21: 21

22: 22

23: 23

24: 24

25: Future Plans I want to continue exploring what home leaving me means to my personal practice and life. I want to continue exploring ways of depicting my ideas to find solutions that would better suit my interests. I would like to continue working with collage, but plan on working with transparency sheets to explore compositions and ways of depicting my subject matter. I am also going to explore my use of space in relationship to the objects. I will explore different scales, not only in canvas size, but also the scale of the object within the painting. I will explore different materials to use to make the paintings, paint and canvas alike. I will continue reading about the everyday and exploring different writings that revolve around my interests. What I am reading now is already starting to become a bigger part of my practice, and I am interested in seeing how it can coincide more with what I am working on. 25

26: Images 4. Medicine Shoppe; South Robert Street, 2006 By Carolyn Swiszcz (from referencelibrary.blogspot.com) 5. Community Project, oil on panel, 60x80cm, 2009 By Justin Mortimer (from artoutthere.blogspot.com) 10. 550, oil on masonite, 18x24", 2010 11. Barn, oil on masonite, 30x36", 2010 12. Machine Shed, oil on masonite, 24x36" 2010 13. Rikki, oil on masonite, 24x48", 2010 14. Carthage, oil on masonite, 24x36", 2010 15. Above The Greenway, oil on masonite, 24x36", 2010 16. Prairie, oil on masonite, 24x48", 2010 17. Alley, oil on masonite, 48x48", 2010 18. Appointment, oil on masonite, 4x4" 2011 19. Collages, digital photograph, paper, and glue, 6x4", 2011 20. Collages, digital photograph, paper, and glue, 4x6", 2011 21. Collages, digital photograph, paper, and glue, 6x4", 2011 22. Collages, digital photograph, paper, and glue, 6x4", 2011 23. Collages, digital photograph, paper, and glue, 4x6", 2011 24. Collage, digital photograph, polaroid, paper and glue, 6x4", 2011 26

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