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It’s easy to believe that nothing will ever heal. Grieving the way things used to be and moving on from the chance to live without fear seems like natural order, but it’s remarkable what we’re capable of salvaging and recuperating. While the present may suggest otherwise, it is not naïve or selfish to think the world has the capacity for positive change, even if that change does not and cannot come immediately. It’s brave to think conditions are not as hopeless as they’re made out to be regardless. 

And it’s okay to still be angry about your unwilling participation in this fight. No one asks to be in this kind of pain. Hurt can be projected onto anyone, regardless of how good of a person they are, and it’s okay to question the fairness of that. 

Once you’ve grieved the world as you knew it and accepted these new conditions, what can you cultivate? The hollowness of this world will remain for now, but how can you redefine humanness with this hurt in your periphery? While you, as one person, cannot change everything, what do you want to change? Who are you now, after all this? What is your place within it? What is the next version of your life? 

Fueled by a need to find closure in a deteriorating world, Wisconsin-born Colorado transplant Lindsey Yeager paints and illustrates connections between society and nature, between human and animal, translating and reframing human contexts into fearful, raw, and feral allegories. Lindsey received a BFA in New Studio Practice and Illustration from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2021 and she went on to win two Society of Illustrators awards and participate in the 2021-22 cycle of Plum Blossom Initiative’s Bridge Work residency. Her work has been shown at Var Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Soft Times Gallery, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Society of Illustrators, among others. Lindsey is represented by Var Gallery in Milwaukee, WI and works as the Studio Coordinator of Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO.

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