Lindsay Watson, Artist Statement
As an Ottawa-based artist who works with oil paint, mixed media, and photographs to "construct" alternative truths to real-life situations, I have long been fascinated by the connection between story-telling and history, both small and large scale, and try to reconcile that in my imagery by making works that can be read in a number of "true", but often conflicting, ways.
Graduating from the BFA program at Ottawa U. in 2003, I set upon the duel goals of refining my artistic practice, and seeing the world. The two proved symbiotic, as teaching English in Taiwan, backpacking through Europe, and Gallery-hopping in New York were the impetus behind such bodies of work as "The Road More or Less Travelled", "Interior Spaces", and "Rainstorm at the Guggenheim".
Merging photographs taken during these experiences, (all my own images, but often from disparate places), with the lush expressiveness of oil paint, I mimicked the sharpening and blur that time inflicts on remembered experience, then added hints of whimsy, humour, or darker elements to further this sense of shifting viewpoints and narrative voyeurism.
More recently, my hostels-and-spaghetti-right-out-of-the-can life/art-style has been temporarily set aside in favour of more introspection, culminating in subtly dark series' such as "Fireworks", "Playing House", and "All That Glitters". Many photographs used in these works have been taken in the Ottawa area.
These factually fictitious paintings have been shown in several venues, including Cube Gallery, The New Art Festival, The West End Studio Tour, The OSA Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery's Art Rental and Sales, the Agnes Etherington Gallery's Art Rental and Sales (Kingston), and The Toronto Art Expo, as well as being represented in many private collections.
In addition, I have enjoyed teaching art to children and adults at various locations including the Ottawa School of Art, Plant RC, and at after-school programs, feeling that these rich interactions have helped me to better understand my own artistic practice.