By MARIEPET MANGOSING, December 2021
Lindsey Price honed her artistic pursuits in high school when she attended an all-girls boarding institute. While at school, she was exposed to many kinds of young women from all over the world. Price credits these women for attributing to her bottomless curiosity for travel, her wide array of interests, and, most importantly, her inherent desire to pursue a matriarchal future.
“A huge part of my upbringing was being surrounded with girls,” says Price. “It was great because it gave me this different perspective where you’re not self-conscious and you don’t care what you say or look like. It’s a different environment. I’d say it informs my aesthetic and I’m sure it’d be totally different if I had not gone to school there.” Starting out as a painter, by the time Price was ready for college, she had grown from it and felt like she could take on some other mediums. Transitioning from painting to photography then to collaging–a practice that now combines all her learned expertise–Price realized a through line in her work and possibly in her life: she’s always on the move.
When looking at her work, Price hopes that it takes the viewer into dreams that the collective holds, a foray into her own mind and a place where the future looks different. She remarks, “They are a representation of a surreal, dreamlike dimension of our universe. I like to push the boundaries of what’s possible in our unconscious minds to ultimately transport them to another place, a moment of ease and peace.” The work flows freely, Price has a nimble and meticulous mode of construction; her process from ideation to execution requires an involved amount of attention to delicate details. Price layers different mediums–paint, paper cut outs, archival resin on wood–to give that extra “wow” element to her scenes. “Some of my pieces I’m painting. Sometimes it’s resin. I’ll mix resin with different mediums to create a resin painting and then collage over that. I’ve been experimenting with materials like plexiglass and aluminum to create a 3D aesthetic.”
Before she lays anything out physically, however, Price draws out her intricate composition plans digitally. “I’m super particular, a perfectionist. If I notice one little thing, I’ll have a heart attack and I’ll do it again.”
In the same spirit of advancement and pushing boundaries, Price will pivot from digital to physical collaging or painting then circle back to digital, especially in the time of NFTs, arguably the new art frontier. “I’ll be working on an animation because I want to do more of them but honestly. I go back and forth from NFTs to physical work.”
Amongst all her chosen media, Price’s desire is the same: to bring herself and the viewer to appear in and experience a new realm. In “Runner & Chaser,” Price builds a dreamy, ethereal environment that centers a woman figure. She believes herself to play the role of the woman in the piece–as with most of her work–and she’s there to serve as an official invitation to the viewer on the trip. “I identify as the woman, it’s a representation of me, putting myself into the landscape. I try to focus on feminism and a future where women are both valued and in charge. What if the world looked like this? What would that society be like?” The destination where Price leads to, of course, is a place run by the very women she went to high school with. “I grew up surrounded by strong women who taught us we could do anything.”
With this strength and philosophy, Price further diversifies her work by considering and incorporating the space around it. In the NFT piece “It’s brighter on the other side,” the work features her insignia collage layers, paper cut outs, and paint but the background switches from day to night in a seamless animated fade. While this particular asset lives online, Price pushes past its limits and strategizes a way to make it work in the physical world. She simply would set up the print on the wall and then project the video of the starry backdrop, as she’s experimented with in other work. With that switch, it really speaks to Price’s ability to adapt, the malleability of her process and work as a whole. She comments, “Animation takes these dream worlds and gives them life on a whole other level.”
To that end, from former training to posting her work on an NFT marketplace, Price seeks the thing that follows. Whether it’s an opportunity to try her hand at working with various media and galleries or conceptualizing a new narrative around a work designed to lure us in, Price stays fluid–a quality that in the time of faced adversity and deep unknowns–is integral to being able to grow, to learn, and ultimately, to better the real world that we live in.
To learn more about Lindsey Price, please visit her website here.
To view her NFTs, please visit her collection on Foundation here. WM
Mariepet Mangosing is a bi-coastal writer and graphic designer from Jersey City. She has worked in brand packaging, web and print design for the past decade. Her feature length screenplay The Batholiths has been shortlisted in the Macro x Blacklist Feature Screenwriting Incubator program. In her work, she advocates mental wellness and accurate cultural representation in film, television and other media. She examines relationship dynamics through a first-generation immigrant lens. She has her BA in Visual Communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is an MFA candidate in Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University.
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