Schulz’s practice is about the preservation and mapping of personal and cultural histories through rigorous methods of production. It’s an impulse to record things and to display as data for analysis. Her work often employs a scientific approach to experiences, breaking down complicated emotional states or bodily realities into a series of mathematical decisions informed by archival impulses. The intimate experiences are exhumed in attempt to order information and frame meaning. Schulz focuses on labor, repetition and death through preservation to discuss the ways in which we perform for each other. The resulting works carry a tension that come from the attempt to order aspects of life that fall outside of easy categorization, or any categorization at all.
She is drawn to subjects that reveal a vulnerable and repulsive side to ourselves we rarely choose to dissect; deinstitutionalization, environmental concerns, unreliability of memory, family dynamics, etc. Using these subjects as a point of departure, she choose to wade in discussions of intimacy and mortality. Though the initial subject matter tends to appear bleak, the process exhausts our anxieties. The work appears clean, organized, and comforting as a method of digesting emotional turmoil.
Lindsey A. Schulz was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011, and an MFA in 2015 from California Institute of the Arts. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.