Lindsay Walt received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. Her paintings have been extensively exhibited in the United States and, most recently, in Ireland. Among the many prominent private and public collections in which her work is included is the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, (ART in Embassies), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Amerada Hess, Chase Manhattan Bank, Long Island Jewish Children’s Hospital, New York Public Library, Progressive Insurance Company, Prudential Insurance Company, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Yale University of Art. Walt’s studio is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
On getting lost…
A starting point for inspiration in my work is the perceptual shift of color and light found in natural phenomena. Often, the abstract compositions in the paintings reference landscape and seascape, particularly the amorphous border where the two merge. Other works allude to a state of weightlessness free from the constraints of gravity.
Using the inherent viscosity of paint, fluid washes of saturated color are applied to the picture surface like ceramic glaze. Building from the edge inwards, delicate marks are woven together to form a network of elaborate configurations based on my continued interest in ornamental arts as well as Chinese landscapes, Japanese screens, and Islamic tiles.
Throughout, there is an intuitive quirky formalism where gesture and formal restraint, precision and happenstance coexist. The meandering work process is meditative in nature: breath and hand work in tandem - to paint a line is to draw a breath - to paint a string of beads is to map the fleeting passage of time. To get lost and found and lost again is an essential part of the experience.