“I am analogue to the core about my work and it stems not from stubbornness but from a desire to feel the materials in my hands.”
Most of my practice is experimental 16mm films, projection performance and handmade emulsion. I am analogue to the core about my work and it stems not from stubbornness but from a desire to feel the materials in my hands. I try to make the practice of shooting film closer to the act of drawing, which is my first love and the driving force behind what I do. In my work, film is both an evocative vehicle for exploring themes in the works, and the theme itself.
Much of my works are moving-picture portraits. I’ve also studied notions of home movies (and other small formats), how they are crafted, consumed and their social function in the realm of nostalgia; how they relate to other memorabilia, the souvenir. These inform my drawing and film work in various and sometimes surprising ways. I am interested in the notion of prosthetic memories and the mediums I use express a desire to know what has been lost, obscured long ago by the passage of time, which is something that is also expressed in my film work. Many of my films explore a deep but fractured connection to personal and family history in Nunavut. My Inuit matrilineal heritage has been woven through several, as they record, refract, and obscure the past in images and sounds. To me, they are all forms of drawing.
Current long-term work (2011-16): advancing the art, science and practice of handmade emulsions. There are many goals to this, but among them is not to produce a commercial stock. Making handmade emulsion is more like collaborating with someone that you care for deeply. I am 1 of 20 or so artists working in this field worldwide.
Lindsay McIntyre is an Inuit filmmaker living in Edmonton, Alberta.