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Lindsay Mapes

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Degree: MFA
University: The Slade UCL
Graduation Year: 2010

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Lindsay was selected for a documentary called ‘Looking for Picasso’. 12 artist from around the world were chosen. An American production, (she is episode 2).
The French critic, Albert Aurier once said that truthful art must never be a direct representation but rather the aim should be to “express ideas, by translating them into a special language”. Lindsay Mapes does just this by transforming, distorting and transcending her experiences into an alphabet of expression. Form, line and colour take precedence in each work and together shape an innate and instinctive pattern. The piece “seeing double” uses transparent layers on re-purposed wooden frames, infused with colourful pattern, each layer adds new depth. Moreover, the wooden frame is made from previous paintings and evoke a sense of time – these past paintings live new lives and are the evidence of, as Mapes expresses, “the process of creation”. The image therefore, takes on sculptural dimensions and Mapes’ interests in colour and creating image through abstracted methods, delve into the realms of pictorial language with insightful dexterity. 

Artist Statement

I am concerned with the visual and conceptual aspects of erasure, obfuscation, obstruction and secrecy. My work is largely autobiographical - borne from memories, conversations and experiences. By withholding or obscuring elements whilst leaving “hints” for the viewer in each of my works, I am investigating the notion of secrecy and how relationships are formed and shaped around “the hidden.” We rewrite the past each time we revisit it, choosing which events are significant based on what we now perceive as true or important. Conversations often get blocked out, experiences are effaced and memories are blurred. Color and pattern also plays a significant role in both my paintings and paper works. The relationship between color and the feelings that certain colors and color combinations evoke is always at the forefront of my work. The patterns I use are often taken from autobiographical references as well. In the ‘Transparency’ series, which are paintings made on transparent silk fabric; I repurpose prior paintings to create the wooden support system or, frame, for the new work. The silk is transparent and allows the wooden support to be seen. As a result you are able to see marks left from pre-existing paintings. These remnants are probably the most important part of the painting. The marks are memories of a pre-existing painting and it’s relevance to the process of creation. As humans we all carry with us parts of our past, bumps, bruises and scars. Letting these be seen can create a sense of vulnerability and transparency. The editing process is crucial – the marks and text that are omitted, erased or covered are equally as important as what has been left on view. A pentimento (plural pentimenti, from Italian pentirsi: “to repent”) is an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting, thus revealing the artist's earlier ideas. My work examines the ways in which a thought process can be realized in paint. An almost sculptural approach to image making, building up paint, scraping it off, pasting on fresh bits of canvas in ways that emphasizes the rough hewn and the handmade. Images coalesce on the surface and rest for a while. Perhaps they say enough and can remain, or they disappear beneath other layers, perhaps to reappear in a different guise on the same canvas, or years later on a new one. These are the traces of my thought, the process of moving from a position of error to truth.

Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2016 The Marmite Prize for Painting V, London, UK and Ireland
2016 Mccully&Crane Art, Rye Sussex, UK
2016 The Other Art Fair, The Victoria House, London
2016 Salon des Refusés, London, UK
2015 Partisan Gallery, London
2015 The Other Art Fair, The Victoria House, London
2014 Pentimenti, Maybe A Vole Gallery, London
2014 Show in a box, a solo exhibition, Artbeef/Beefhaus Gallery, Dallas, Texas. U.S.A.                          
2014 Keep Your Eye on the Doughnut, The Printhouse Gallery. London    
2014 Sunday Salon, Oakely Road Project Space, London
2012 Contemporary Visions Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London
2011 26, LeandaKateLouise, London
2011 Play Dead, Bows and Arrows Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2011 Ridley Road Open Studios, London
2010 Slade Degree Show, UCL, London
2010 Slade @ Test-Bed Collaboration with Sarah Kate Wilson, Battersea, London
2010 Shows 1-10, LeandaKateLouise, London
2009 Make it, Pack it, Print it, Ship it,, Pop Up Gallery, London
2009 Slade Interim Show, UCL, London
2007 Dialoghi Multi Cure de Arte, Florence, Italy
2007 Piano Piano, Piano Piano, SACI Graduate Show, Florence, Italy
2006 City Wide Art Exhibition, Florence, Italy
2006  Welcome Home, Private House, Florence, Italy
2006 Welcome Home, Juice Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2005  Absent, DiPietro Todd Fillmore, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Awards/Prizes

2016 The Marmite Prize for Painting V, London, UK and Ireland
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Shortlisted, London, UK
2015 Tomrrow&Today Featured Artist
2014 Art Wednesday Featured Artist
2014 Headland Center for the Arts, Semi-Finalist
2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Shortlisted, London, UK
2012 Marmite Prize, Shortlisted, London, UK
2012 Jerwood Painting Fellowship, Shortlisted, London, UK
2011 F_AIR Artist in Residence, Shortlisted, Florence, Italy
2006 Premio Internazionale Di Scultura
2006 Edgardo Mannucci, prize purchase and SACI awards, Arcevia, Italy

Original works:

Golden

By Lindsay Mapes

£1450

Energy

By Lindsay Mapes

£1850

Directions

By Lindsay Mapes

£1650

D'oro (of gold)

By Lindsay Mapes

£1850

Float

By Lindsay Mapes

£1850

Movements

By Lindsay Mapes

£1300

Perception (Relationships and ...

By Lindsay Mapes

£2000

Connections

By Lindsay Mapes

£5000

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Meditation

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Relationships and Perspectives...

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Chaos

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Translucent

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Conclusions

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Coming Together

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Ambience

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Blush

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Aurora

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Disoriented

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Fragments

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I Remember Her

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Righteous

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