For the entirety of Lindsey Wohlman’s life, she has been surrounded by art. Her love of art took root in the artistic passion of her late mother Robin Starkey, a prolific sculptor in her own right. She still remembers using her crayons to color in the hand drawn images that her mother created. Her mother’s passion for drawing and sculpting encouraged Lindsey to follow in her footsteps.Including her mother, other female artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo have influenced her personal artistic growth. These artists constant struggle to place their art within the context of their personal and overall history has inspired Lindsey’s own work.
Lindsey graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Fine Arts, focusing on fine art photography and art history. She based her senior show around Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans. Deconstructing Warhol’s representation of mass consumerism, Lindsey explored the Pandora’s Box residing inside of a Campbell’s Soup Can. She created prints of freestanding soups, stripped of their protective red and white shells. The prints questioned both form and texture, and discussed labels vs. the actual contents. Lindsey earned the Dean’s Award for her work and her prints hung prominently in Dean of Art’s office for six months.
It took the death of a close friend in 2011 for Lindsey to rediscover the joy of sculpting. In designing and creating three-dimensional works, Lindsey found her artistic acumen challenged. She often felt uncomfortable and stretched artistically by the unfamiliar medium. Her experience in working for renowned artist George Lundeen inspired her, introducing her to the beauty of sculpting in bronze. Taking what she learned from George, Lindsey’s own sculptures focuses on wildlife bronzes, specifically sea life. She also has started exploring the re-creation of microscopic seeds.
As a child, Lindsey was fascinated with birds. Those who documented birds before the advent of cameras captivated her. She even took a college lecture course on birds of prey when she was only ten years old. This fascination helped generate the idea for Lindsey’s latest project. Her Audubon Project tackles John James Audubon seminal book, The Birds of America. Drawing from this volume, she is re-creating in photographs his illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States.
Lindsey views her work as a constant reaction to analysis and interpretation. To her, art is an intimate form of communication. Art engenders a reaction, interaction, and an outcome, all of which are so interesting to her. “The challenge is taking these feelings and thoughts, that we all have, and putting them into a cohesive body of work.” says Lindsey, “To spend enough time with a piece of work to the point that it influences you means you really feel the art and are compelled to add to it.” Lindsey believes that history does not stop and we all should be encouraged to add to the story line left for us.