ARTIST INTERVIEW: LINDSAY HALLBy clubartrepreneur
MEET ARTREPRENEUR: LINDSAY HALL
Meet Artist, Lindsay Hall.
Lindsay A. Hall (b. El Dorado Hills, California) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University, as well as a BA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery (New York), Kent State University (Ohio), Indiana University, the Target Gallery (Virginia), and Ventolin Art Space (Australia), and is featured in Studio Visit, Hiss Mag, and Create! Magazine’s International Women’s Issue (2019). She has co-curated group exhibitions in Indiana and New York. Lindsay was awarded the Post-Graduate Residency Program at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in 2017 and has received multiple awards for her work. Her recent solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space in Washington, D.C. was reviewed in The Washington Post. Lindsay is currently teaching drawing at the College of Southern Nevada and creating new work for upcoming exhibitions.
CA: What does the word ARTREPRENEUR mean to you?
LH: The word Artrepreneur suggests someone who is innovative, has a limitless creative mind, a multifaceted skill set, and a strong sense of business.
CA: What is some of the best business advice you have been given in this creative industry?
LH: Some of the best business advice I have been given as a creative is to keep thorough records, document work before it leaves the studio, and support my fellow creatives.
CA: When did you first realize that you wanted to pursue your passion to the fullest?
LH: I realized that I wanted to be a career artist when I took a position at a public relations and advertising firm when I was in college. While I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot, it was not as creatively challenging and hands-on as I thought it would be. I missed the physicality of making something and the intimacy of process. I realized then that what I really wanted to do was to make art, and I remembered how much it meant to me but that I had left it behind to be conservative and follow a more practical route. I immediately saw that I was doing myself a disservice so I decided to dual major and ultimately to get an MFA.
CA: What is currently inspiring your work at the moment?
LH: I have been thinking a lot about the the relationship between the corporeal and the intangible world of dreams and how we move back and forth between these realities all the time. I am very interested in creating entire environments that offer transformative experiences to act as gateways between the world we know and the imaginary places we think about. I call these environments “fantasyscapes” because they are intended for indulgence, wonder and play. We often forget to access these places as we move away from innocence to a reality where rationality displaces make believe. Recently, I have been thinking about the kinds of environments I constructed as a child, such as forts made of pillows and castles made of sheets. These rudimentary structures became the impetus for incredible worlds filled with adventure and possibility. My current work has been more concerned with these ideas and how to create play worlds ripe with sensory stimulation and pleasure that combine youthful curiosity with adult fantasy.
CA: How do you seek out opportunities and stay motivated?
LH: For me, motivation comes from staying busy and moving forward. I have found that I am invigorated by working on several projects simultaneously and maintaining a balance of work and play. Also, I stay curious and enthusiastic no matter what is going on around me and I don’t let rejection keep me from working towards what I want. In keeping myself open and receptive, opportunities seem to find me. However, that’s not to say I don’t work hard or actively search for opportunities. A huge part of working for yourself deals with self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
CA: What advice would you share with aspiring Artrepreneurs?
LH: Being an artist is much more than being creative, technically skilled, and making/sharing work. Beyond having an intimate understanding of your craft and its historical and contemporary context, a successful artrepreneur must possess proficiency in many areas including writing, communications and business. Specifically, be organized, keep good records, document and archive works, be consistent in pricing, and learn how to form meaningful connections. And especially, be committed to your practice and be clever. Think of inventive ways to market your work and let social media work for you. Above all, make your work for yourself and learn to trust your instincts.