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Don Phillips Scholar: Lavinia Lindsay

Blind Spots


October 29, 2021December 18, 2021


  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Grasshopper Legs', 2021, mezzotint, 4'' x 2.5".
  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Grasshopper Legs' (detail), 2021, mezzotint, 4'' x 2.5".
  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Watermelon Lemonade', 2021, mezzotint, 4'' x 2.5''.
  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Watermelon Lemonade' (detail), 2021, mezzotint, 4'' x 2.5''.
  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Where the Wild Cactus Grow', 2021, mezzotint, 5'' x 3.9''.
  • Lavinia Lindsay, 'Where the Wild Cactus Grow' (detail), 2021, mezzotint, 5'' x 3.9''.

An image and price list is available here.

Each year, Open Studio awards two yearlong residencies. The Don Phillips Scholarship* is awarded to an emerging printmaker who has graduated within the last two years from a post-secondary institution, college or undergraduate program focusing on print. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for one year, a materials bursary, professional development assistance, including access to Open Studio’s education program and a final exhibition.

*As of 2021-22, the Don Phillips Scholarship is referred to as the Emerging Printmaker Scholarship Residency. More information about our residencies, including benefits, eligibility and requirements, is available here.

Lavinia Lindsay was awarded the Don Phillips Scholarship in 2019-20, which was extended into 2020-21 due to the pandemic.

Blind Spots is a new body of work where Lavinia Lindsay touches on what it means to value new experiences and places beyond your focal point. Her mezzotint prints focus on scenes of her drive from Toronto, Ontario, to Tofino, British Columbia, where she spent time alone on the road this past summer. Using photos from her trip, Lindsay reflects on what she learned about the Canadian landscape, re-exploring its nuances through print.

Lindsay’s approach to creating her work includes texturing each copper plate by hand with a mezzotint rocker, then drawing in the images reductively. This method allows her to revisit the hidden details within these landscapes that she overlooked while she was there.

As individuals, it is easy to focus only on the direction you’re trying to go, paying little mind to the places and people beyond. Lindsay’s renderings act as a poetic reminder to pause and appreciate some of the beautiful things within Canada that may not be part of one’s day-to-day experience.

Originally from Niagara Falls, Lavinia Lindsay is based in Toronto and primarily focuses on the mezzotint process. Her work commonly includes elements of storytelling and travel, and the scale of her prints often invites the viewer to experience each piece up close. Lavinia’s work is very process-driven, as the act of rocking copper plates puts her mind at ease and helps to ground her creativity. Lavinia received her BA from the University of Guelph in 2019.

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