My practice is multidisciplinary with various explorations in digital media, photography, illustration, textiles arts, graphic arts and art activism. My work often looks at the construction of identity, the body, and notions of difference. Recent projects in digital media and embroidery, explores representations of gender and sexuality within the context of online media especially how people negotiate, interact and experience different understandings disability and the deviant body. Presently, I am looking at youTube videos and online self-portraiture, using the style of animated GIFs to investigate a visual culture of “spectacle” in the form of feminism, freakery and the everyday act of performing ourselves.
I am also the Artistic Director and Project Coordinator of Project Creative Users, a community arts project that engages the work and ideas of artists, non-artists, disability activists, and community members in order to critically examine cultural understandings of accessibility through the process of exploring what it means to be a “user” in the environments we inhabit. We play with the word “user,” a term used in inclusive design practices wherein disabled people are commonly referred to as “extreme users.” This project gathers together disabled and non-disabled people from the community to think about how we currently use social space and how we can use creativity to change both the built environment and the way we think about space towards the ends of creating more accessible communities.
I will use my time at Luminous Bodies residency to explore how I can put into practice my own embodied difference as a subject for art activism and changing social and environmental structures – looking at my facial difference as an element for study and how it can be used to re-invent my surrounding environment. I am interested in using this time as a process of exploration and research, free from the burden of making final work, and instead nurturing a series of trial and errors. The artwork will be reflected in the recording and documentation of this process over the course of the residency.
Lindsay Fisher is a visual artist with various practices in digital media, photography, illustration, textiles and graphic arts. Her work often reflects an investigation into identity, the body, and notions of difference. Her recent work in digital media and embroidery explores representations of gender and sexuality within the context of online media and with an interest in how individuals negotiate, interact and experience different understandings of sex and gender. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from OCAD University. She currently works in Toronto.