- Cold Feet, graphite, acrylic, and wallpaper on wood. 2018.
"Fragility is not something that appeals to me," says Lindsey Wolkowicz. This is obvious during a recent visit to the artist's studio in Kingston. Far from precious, her paintings capture the hurly-burly of lived experience. Figures tumble through space in her work like characters pinwheeling through a particularly tumultuous Stoppard play. Carefully composed, they are lifelike, but clearly not an attempt to mimic life itself.
Surfaces are important to Wolkowicz, who does much of her work on paper and wood. "You can beat on wood and paper," she says. In her works on wood, she intentionally keeps part of the surface uncovered, so viewers are forced to reckon with it. "Wood has life in it, it contains movement in its skin," Wolkowicz says.
Although Wolkowicz does not currently have a show in the region, her work can be seen anytime on the back wall of the Anne Hebard School of Dance on Saint James Street in Kingston. Created for the 2018 O+ Festival, Lifted depicts a group of children, ascending through space against a wallpaper of colored vertical stripes twisted slightly out of shape. The children's arms are all extended, reaching up, trying to find a grip on something to pull them out of the maelstrom.