Biography

Lindsay Mercer sews, prints, and builds small quiet homes. Fabric safekept by friends and reclaimed from dumpsters and mud puddles becomes the walls and windowsills that frame delicate broken glass and greased paper windows. Glass is broken, but mended as well as needle and thread can manage. Paper is toughened by drenching it in grease until the opaque becomes a murky translucent glow. They build homes of empathy, both fragile and resilient.

Dedicated to the art of oral histories and home building, Lindsay is in the continual process of learning what it means to be a country queer in the world today.

Education

MFA in Studio Art

Maine College of Art

Portland, ME · 2019 – 2021

MA in Aesthetics and Politics

California Institute of the Arts

Santa Clarita, CA · 2015 – 2016

BA in Human Ecology

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME · 2011 – 2015

Exhibitions
2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME
2021 Art Hole: 15 (magazine publication), Art Hole
2021 Folklore and Traditions, Millepiani, Rome, Italy
2020 [ON]now: Shelter, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
2020 20 things : A List Anthology (Zine), Portland Zine Symposium, Portland, OR
2020 Articles of Impeachment (online publication), Paperbark Literary Magazine
2020 Be Seen (Public projection), Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2020 Future Tense, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithvile, TN
2020 Earth Month: Freshwater and our Watershed (Digital exhibit), Umbrella Arts, Concord, MA
2019 Welcome Home, Public installation at the Belfast Zine Fest, Belfast, ME
2019 Ritual + Power, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2018 The Refuge, Two-person exhibit at Litmus Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2018 Bookopolis, Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC
2018 Illustrated Accordion, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI
2018 Artist in Residence, Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, Pittsboro, NC
2018 Artist in Residence, Door No. 3 Print Studio, Twisp, WA
2017 The LayMaterialist, Chapbook with Linseed Press
2017 Trails and Tragedies, Chrsitine Mohle, Hamburg, Germany
2017 Winter 2017, 3-Elements Magazine, www.3elementsreview.com/past-journals
2017 Out My Window, Basecamp Books, Roslyn, WA
2016 In//form, Chapbook with Aesthetics and Politics, CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA
2016 Artists as Archivists, California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA
2016 DNA-Sequence, Shabby Dollhouse, www.shabbydollhouse.com/DNA-Sequence
2016 Spring, Potluck Magazine, www.potluckmag.com/april-2016/2016/4/21/visual-art
2016 Building the American Workforce, Chapbook with Linseed Press
2016 Tiny Press Books, CalArts Library, Santa Clarita, CA
2015 Materials Manifesto, Chapbook with Linseed Press
2015 An Artist’s Materials, Solo exhibit at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
2015 The Greener Studio Challenge, Lowell Community Center, Lowell, MA
2014 Crucifixion: Hero Slaying and Phil Ochs, Chapbook with Linseed Press
2014 Links on the Chain vol. 1, Links on the Chain, www.linksonthechain.weebly.com/
2014 Portraits of Plant Pigments, Solo exhibit at Blum Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME
2014 Ilustration as a Tool for Change, Solo exhibit at Thorndike Library, Bar Harbor, ME
2013 An Illustrated and Written Portrait of Phil Ochs, Chapbook with Linseed Press
Elsewhere