True, LJ Lindhurst was a part of the one of the great newspaper staffs in collegiate history, the Webster University Journal of the… well, of the last century. But let’s not limit her to just that bit of alumna trivia.
She’s also a painter, a graphic artist and a teacher in New York City.
Regarding the painting, this info is found on her website: I am a photorealist painter, and I work from original photographs of images that I find personally appealing. I like to explore the colors and textures of objects at a macro level. My paintings typically feature close-up views of tiny objects; I am particularly drawn to toys, candies, and other often-overlooked detritus of our popular culture. I find that when you isolate and magnify small details from these otherwise insignificant objects, they reveal more than just their hidden beauty; the mere act of enlarging these items to thousands of times their natural size and rendering all of the detail in paint creates a distinctly absurd sense of comedy. I like to think that my work makes people laugh, or at the very least it makes them more aware that there are entire worlds of beauty in even the tiniest object in their landscape.
She’s also usually got a funny aside, or two, whether or person or via e-mail, so this one back was a treat. Thanks, LJ.
One. Which of the seven deadliest sins make for the best art?
First of all, I must confess that I had to look on Wikipedia to see what exactly the seven deadly sins are—and I’ve even seen that movie “Seven! Ah well, that doesn’t mean I am any closer to answering this question. I was raised in an indignantly non-religious household, so I always fail to grasp even the broadest of Biblical references. But I guess if I had to choose one, I’d say wrath definitely makes the best art. There’s nothing like the result of a good fury.
Two. For what are you going to need a little more evidence?
That politics and politicians actually have any impact on my life.
Three. For personal creativity (or productivity), are you better served by contentment or restlessness?
Definitely contentment. If I am restless, I cannot concentrate, and 99% of my work is fueled by intense concentration on minute detail.
Four. Likeliest occurrence within your lifetime: true peace, total war, or the arrival of spacemen/spacewomen?
I’d have to say total war. Though I am rooting for the appearance of spacemen/spacewomen (and by the way, nice shoutout to the ladies that you bothered to include “spacewomen” in that scenairo).
Five. Select/discuss any one of the following options.
Five-d: For you, this is the book, play, recording, painting, poem, scripture or (item X) that made all the difference.
When I was in 7th grade, we took a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. This was the first time I’d seen Chuck Close’s painting, Keith. I remember looking at it forever, and repeatedly returning to it during our visit. I simply couldn’t believe it was a painting and not a photo—but more than that, I couldn’t believe that someone would do something like this. Why would someone try to make a painting that looked like a photo? And why would someone choose such a thing for a subject? It blew my mind. There have been few moments in my life when I felt that spark, that desire to be and do something. I will never forget that afternoon. I know it was nothing more than simply viewing a painting in an art museum, but it will forever feel to me like the day my eyes were opened.