Lindsay Lauckner is a photographic artist originally based in Toronto, Canada and currently living in Mexico City.
After attending BealArt in London, ON, she earned a BFA in Visual Arts from York University in 2008. She was a recipient of both an Ontario Arts Council Grant and a Toronto Arts Council Grant in 2012. Lindsay has exhibited her work at several venues in Toronto and surrounding area.
She was chosen to be included in O’Born Contemporary Emerging Artist exhibition in 2013 as well as the Emerging Artist show at Gallery 13131 for 2 consecutive years. In 2014 she had a solo show of her series Dismantled at the Toronto Image Works. She is interested in themes surrounding the home, the absence, and the quiet moments.
An Interview with Lindsay
Q. When is your birthday?
A. August 13th, 1985. 6:13pm apparently
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. When my husband and I were first dating, he got me with a necklace that I had really wanted. Several weeks prior, I told briefly him I had considered buying it but it was a bit much for me to spend on something I didn’t need. He surprised me with it and told me he loved me for the first time.
Q. How about your worst? And why?
A. I’ve never had one birthday that’s particularly awful, but several that have been unmemorable or disappointing. We had to put my dog down 5 days after my birthday one year, which also happened to be my parent’s anniversary. That was a pretty rough time.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. I think birthdays are a great excuse to get together with friends and families. They are also a good time to assess how much your life has changed over the past year and reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for. Or if you’ve had a bad year, it can be cleansing and refreshing to feel that it’s over and you can start anew.
Q. Do you/your family have a tradition/rituals/ceremonies to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. I usually treat myself and go get my hair cut and have a pedicure. For birthdays my whole family (9 of us) gets together and usually goes out to dinner at a nice restaurant or has a more formal family dinner at home. We usually have champagne and my personal favourite is ice-cream cake.
Q. What is your life motto?
A. My dad passed this one on to me: “The harder I work the luckier I get.”
Q. What/Whom drives you to keep going and why?
A. I’m driven by the work of other artists (whether it’s a drawing, a photo, or writing) that excites me (what Roland Barthes calls the punctum). Art that makes me stop, think, or feel in turn makes me want to create work that will (hopefully!) do the same for others.
Q. If you could change one and only one thing – big or small – what would it be?
A. This is cheesy but I would make people more empathetic and kind. I think if we considered and tried to understand others more often if would solve a lot of problems.
Q. Which photographers have influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing and career path?
A. Like many art school students, my first photographer-crush was Cindy Sherman, I also loved Sally Mann’s work and Robert Polidori’s. I suppose these early influences have been responsible for keeping me interested in pursuing photography in an art context. In the editorial/commercial side of things I have been influenced by some of the wonderful photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work for and get to know- Ian Campbell, Peter Chou, Donna Griffith and Virginia MacDonald.
Q. What motivates you to continue to take photographs?
A. I find it very satisfying when I get a shot that I love. I also have many themes that I explore in my photography such as isolation, memory and history. I’m interested in these ideas and enjoy producing bodies of work surrounding them. I feel like I have succeeded make a photograph or series of photographs that evokes a response out of people, when they too see the liminal thing that I was attempting to portray.
Q. Why did you agree to participate in The Birthday Book Project?
A. I agreed to participate in this project because I liked the idea, wanted the challenge of producing 30 portraits for the same project and was excited to be working on a project with a team. Sometimes art/photography can be a very isolating job- I am looking forward to working to produce something with a group of peers. I’m sure it will be both motivating and inspiring. I like working on projects and therefore a “reason” and theme for which to make photos.
Q. What do you expect to accomplish through your participation in The Birthday Book Project?
A. I expect to make many new photos that I love! I’m also excited to learn about the steps that go into such a large project. I look forward to seeing the final product as well, it will be very rewarding to see the photos printed and living in a book (instead of being trapped on a screen).