Emerging Artist Residency
Don Phillips Scholarship Residency Recipient
Lavinia Lindsay grew up in Niagara Falls Ontario, which has been a major source of inspiration for her work. She is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph Bachelor of Arts program, where she was first introduced to printmaking in 2015. She is now focused on intaglio etching, mezzotint, and how printmaking and animation can work together.
Drawing inspiration from the degradation of her hometown, Lavinia strives to contrast the advertised ideals of Niagara with the uncanny realities of what growing up there was actually like, from her perspective. Her work often begins as a political commentary on the tourist industry and attempts to expand into a more poetic reflection of comfort. Lavinia thinks storytelling and knowledge are important elements of art, and she tries to capture these notions in her work: be it through the titles of her prints, or by creating intentional variations within an edition. Her practice is very process-driven, and sometimes becomes physically demanding, especially when rocking her mezzotint plates by hand. With this residency, she plans to continue creating animations from prints, and she would like to continue analyzing her hometown and Niagara Falls tourism through a critical lens.