Sketchbooks and journals open wide and stories pour forth as Lindsay Carron intimately reveals seven years of travels through artwork in her solo exhibition Connection Point.
An artist and activist from Los Angeles, Lindsay has sought challenging and life-changing experiences to greater understand the planet and humanity. Throughout her travels she brings stories and life lessons alive in her drawings, murals, photography and writing.
Connection Point features artwork, sound clips, videos, and journal entries from three distinct areas of Lindsay’s travels – Kenya, Mexico and Alaska – and queries as to the connection between the three. What brings her back again and again to a small dirt road village in Baja California, or a vast tundra in Northern Alaska? What pushes at her to reach across cultures, beyond languages, and outside of comfort zones and the scope of her reality?
With Connection Point, the viewer joins Lindsay in her quest and is offered an opportunity to connect to areas of the world that have unique and important qualities contributing to the current and future state of humanity.
Connection Point – September 7th-28th, 2018 The Canvas Juneau, Alaska
Listen to the interview with KTOO Public Media Radio in Juneau HERE
When I graduated from university in 2011, I began a quest to try to make a life in the bustling cityscape of Los Angeles. My friend Karly, on the other hand, traveled to a tiny dirt road town in Baja California, Mexico to launch an after school program for kids, dedicating her life to this endeavor for the next decade. This spurred three travels to Vicente Guerrero in 2012, 2014, and 2017 for two of my creative friends Courtney Branch and Stan Parker and I. We joined Karly to paint a massive mural at her program, called Oasis, and played endlessly with the kids. There were many more areas of need in Vicente Guerrero, and we soon found ourselves returning to lend our creativity to Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo, a women’s shelter offering a safe haven and new beginning for women dealing with extreme hardships in life. Here, we listened to the stories of the women and drew their portraits, played with their kids, painted murals, and potted veggies and herbs. We gifted the portraits to the women as mementoes of their strength, a gift that none of them had received before. Their stories – the triumphs and the failures – have helped me understand the human experience, and my own life experience, on a whole new level.
Four years ago, my Kenyan friend Ngene Mwaura, then living in Los Angeles, asked me if I could teach him a few mural painting skills, as he was wishing to return to his village in Kenya and gift murals to his people. I told him of course I’d share what I knew, and I also offered to join him. We shook hands on it that day, and six months later we had raised the money, gathered the art team, and launched a one-month journey that took us from Ngene’s Kikuyu farming village in Northern Kenya, into the thriving hub of Nairobi, to the southern reaches of the Maasai Mara, and into the maze of shacks and street vendors of Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. In each place we met with the people, learned their stories around campfires, chai, and goat roasts, drew their portraits, and gifted murals to their communities. The spirit of the Kenyan people, in all their diversity and complexity, lives on in my heart. My encounter with the Motherland, the most ancient place of humanity’s beginnings, brought me closer to the notion that we are truly all from the same place, the same humble beginnings, and now in our dynamic world, there exists unity in diversity.
Simply stated, my life has been transformed by my time in Alaska. Four years ago, I shook hands with Juneau for the first time, and plunged into the depths of her watery gracious heart. From that point, I’ve been blessed with opportunities each year to travel with US Fish and Wildlife Service as an artist in residence in the National Wildlife Refuges of Alaska. Bush planes and river boats have dropped me into some of the most remote areas I’ve ever witnessed where caribou and lichen continue their cycles that have lasted millions of years. My heart has grown tender and many lessons have been learned by spending time with the Tlingit, Yup’ik, Inupiaq, and Gwich’in people of these lands. I strive with every line I draw, every expression I detail, and every story I tell, to remember inside of myself that place where I am not separate from the land, that humans are guardians and stewards of precious places, and where harmony rests upon reciprocity and balance: a wild dance that is still alive in Alaska.
Thank you to The Canvas Juneau for hosting the show. Thank you to my print shops J6 Creative and Art Printer LA for dealing well with all my images. Thank you to Eve Kessler of the Perfect Frame for perfect frames. Thank you to Nicolette Spear for helping me professionally pack and ship my artwork up to Alaska. Thank you to my art team members Courtney Branch, Stan Parker, Ngene Mwaura, and Art Lemus for creating alongside me and trusting me on these endeavors. Thank you to US Fish and Wildlife Service for sponsoring several years of trips into the Alaskan wilderness. Thank you to Dorothy at Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo for her beautiful care of the women and for welcoming us home. Thank you to Karly Dallas for providing us creative outlets of service over the years in Vicente Guerrero and for hosting us. Thank you to all of you who have donated money to these causes dear to my heart. Without you, none of this could have happened.
Finally, thank you to all those who generously shared of themselves so that I may receive, learn and grow. I carry their knowledge and blessings through my creations and by sharing the stories I have gathered along the way. May these images bless you and remind us all of the connection we share – body, mind and spirit – between one another, all living beings, and our beautiful and precious planetary home.
(Photo by Michael Penn for Juneau Empire)