Lynn Wadsworth is a visual artist who works and lives in St. Paul, MN. She has an MFA from Hunter College and a BA from SUNY Binghamton. Her work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Northern Clay Center(MN), Carleton College (MN), Rutgers University (NJ), Hype Park Art Center (IL), Art in General (NY), Queens College (NY), A.I.R. Gallery (NY) and Momenta Fine Arts (PA). She has received several grants and awards for her work including the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Project Assistance Grant.
I have worked in several mediums: film, photography, collage, assemblage, and sculpture. Though my medium and subject matter has changed over time, my artmaking strategy has remained the same. In my work I seek to reveal hidden meanings, expose contradictions and examine the underpinnings of cultural construction through juxtaposition, humor, and invention. I strive to invite the viewer to see things in a new way.
The point of departure for my current body of is the surreal excess and playful ornamentation of the Rococo decorative period, complete with its lavish and fanciful coiffure. I have found this to be a rich vein for visual exploration of contemporary constructions of the feminine.
In these sculptures the Rococo hairdo becomes a trope, in voluptuous female form that is both an enticing illusion and a catalog of its own artifice. Alluring and bawdy these coarsely fashioned “beauties” are low ﬁre earthen ware, literally made of mud. Earthy and humble, marks from the maker’s hand, inherent in hand-building techniques, emphasize their foibles and add blemishes of corporeality.
Cavorting between sensuality and base sexuality, pleasure and indulgence, the earthly and the ethereal; this carnival of mistresses have been adorned with giddy indulgence. They stand on pedestals like sideshow freaks, streetwalkers, and outcasts, hawking their sweet, candy-colored confection, and absurdly dripping with honey, gewgaws, and trinkets.