Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Kocur.
Lindsey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
A challenge loomed before me; this seemingly never-ending expanse of sheer rock stretched forward in an almost unnaturally straight line. It filled me with a sense of awe. I stood slowly, dusting the sand off of my knees and reached forward to secure a plank. I tested its stability and stood back to check for flaws. This marked the gap’s longest bridged expanse yet; providing safe passage across the divide as well as shelter. I paused a beat, and wondered how long the structure would endure this time. I hoped it would be put to use, at least for a short while.
I embarked on the Sisyphean challenge day after day for nearly a year, making small changes and improvements each time. I was determined to see an architectural solution I believed in – or at least until I finished second grade. Although this canyon may have seemed a mere crack in a boulder to some, I saw an opportunity to make an improvement. My Art teacher gave me the much needed space to experiment and make discoveries that I could apply daily to my task.
Rebuilding was not tiresome because I considered the work important. I enjoyed imagining ants marching in the shade beneath the wood-chipped roof, or mice running across the top to reach the safety of the woods. There was a problem that needed to be solved and I hoped that a clever design solution could help.
This has been the basis for my visual art practice, and has inspired my work as a youth development professional.
Has it been a smooth road?
Amid challenges, I typically use art making as tool to feel in control. Acknowledging forces beyond my scope of direct influence have always led me to feel anxious. I often describe my paintings as places of escape, but for me, the process of creating them is a departure in and of itself.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a visual artist working primarily in mixed-media painting and installation. My artwork explores the intersection of the built environment with nature and our relationship to both. I view these imagined environments as theoretical places of escape and platforms for dialogue; originating from a need for shelter, balance and control amid moments of chaos and uncertainty.
Recently, my practice has taken on an interactive, social engagement component inspired by my work with non-profit community arts organizations for Boston youth (West End House and Step Into Art Inc.). This endeavor, called The Free Space Project, came from a desire to connect viewers with the artwork in a more direct way. It has enabled me to exchange ideas with them and even include them in the art making process. Two iterations of The Free Space Project have been exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Ed Portal. I also exhibit artwork at 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston has a lot to offer artists. It provides ample fodder for inspiration at world-class museums like the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art. As a graduate of the Tufts University Master of Fine Arts program in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, I was impressed with the willingness of area Colleges and Universities to partner with each-other so that they could offer their students the widest array of learning experiences possible. As an educator at West End House and Step Into Art, I have witnessed the dedication of many community organizations to offering accessible, high quality arts programming for all levels and ages. Furthermore, calls for public art are on the rise as the revitalization of lower Allston continues and art flourishes along the Rose Kennedy Greenway (among other places).
One thing I hope will improve is the availability of affordable live/work spaces for artists and increased funding for public school arts programs.
- Website: www.lindseykocur.com
- Phone: 508-826-2976
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lindseykocur