Lindsay Delaronde is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in painting, beading, video and performance. Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation in Quebec, the intention of her work is to manifest the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous and also cultural respect among allies, nation to nation. She has a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and University of Victoria respectively, and recently completed a second MA in Indigenous Community Counselling Psychology. Lindsay recently served as the Indigenous Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria.
Video performance, 2020
Gemini was originally created for UnoFest 2020 hosted by Intrepid Theatre, Victoria BC, curated by Heather Lindsay. Focusing on solo work in development, this 5 part series was then deconstructed for The Bush Gallery’s online exhibition #contigenciesofcare curated by Tania Willard and Toby Lawrence. Both iterations of Gemini were filmed in my backyard.
Gemini is a performance that expresses archetypal aspects of human personality, bringing subconscious material into fruition through performative gestures and actions. Interacting with land, environment and indigenous expressions of culture, I utilize performance art, spoken word and Indigenous dance. The audio used for this piece was John Trudell’s spoken word and Alanis Obomsawin’s Theo pt.1.This piece came forward after a windstorm had knocked down a tree in my backyard. I started to use the wood to help inform the actions (chopping wood, stacking wood). I began interpreting this experience as an offering and thinking about the gratitude we must not forget for Mother nature.
My purpose in creating Gemini is to reconstruct knowledge of self while transmuting cathartic gestures and raising awareness. To know one’s self deeper; self awareness of my strengths and weaknesses, becoming humble and praying for insight. Gemini urges one to look deeper into their origin story, birthplace and relationship to cosmology.
Creating this self-reflective piece has expanded my appreciation and gifts I have for myself, others and the land.