Jennifer Lindquist is an American Contemporary artist, designer and arts activist best known for her large-scale modernist-abstract paintings.
Born 1967 in Dayton, Ohio. Received her BS. in Fine Art from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1989. Now living and working in Sanford, Florida.
Lindquist is also known for her Arts-Advocacy work - as a Public Art Commissioner for the City of Sanford, an Arts Programming Specialist, a member of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals and a published Arts Writer.
On art production ~
"I am obsessed with Abstract-expressionism as non-objective subject matter. The notion that there are an infinite number of compositional possibilities to any 'art problem' I endeavor to solve, even though I am limited to the very finite set of elements and principles of design as ingredients and strategies - and that within those infinite possibilities, there is no one right answer to the problem, but an ideal. A divine and elusive ideal. This will forever fascinate, torture and delight me."
On the creative process ~
" I consider myself a scholar of the creative process. I began early in my career, as a young adult, analyzing HOW the inspiration for ideas came to mind, and how that differed from other artists I knew. Mine tend to come fully-formed, a glorious image of the finished product - including the steps necessary to get there. I don't act on every inspiration impulse (even though I long to do so) and I those that I do, don't necessarily make it to the end . . . realization, manifestation. materialization of thought to form. I can get lost along the way and miss the mark. This cycle defines the discipline and practice of art for me."
"I wrote an article for the local newspaper in reaction to the School Board cutting arts education in reaction to the budget-cuts caused by the Great Recession of 2008. In it I tried to explain, that advanced, sophisticated cognition (thinking) comes from practice that only the arts and science can provide.
The creative process is not magic, although it feels pretty mystical when you're working it effectively. Nor is it exclusive, only for artists or creative types. We all create, all the time. The only difference is that some people do it more consciously, deliberately, with intention. The Creative Process is akin to the Scientific Method - distinct set of techniques for inquiry and investigation for the purpose of acquiring new knowledge and integrating previous knowledge.
To those that think the arts are 'frill', you are short-sighted and were probably lacking good arts education during your formative years. Regardless, if you enjoy the liberties provided from living in the most powerful country in the world . . . To maintain our status as world leader, we need to raise a citizenry of innovators to keep us always at the cutting edge of research and development in all fields. Innovation is creation. Innovative thinking is taught and developed through the arts."