Meet Tuckernuck Girl: Lindsay Adams
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Meet local DC artist Lindsay Adams, a painter and illustrator who seeks new ways to translate her life experiences through art. As a Black woman living with Cerebral Palsy, she also works as a disability advocate to educate others about the needs and experiences of the disability community and promotes equity and representation across different spaces. We were delighted to spend a beautiful afternoon with her in her studio and are honored to introduce her to our Tuckernuck community.
The past 18 months have been what I will say at a high level, “quite the experience.” COVID and the social issues we were facing put a lot of things into perspective for me. There were a lot of heavy moments when things seemed grim. I was exhausted and weary. On the same accord, the last year has given me an opportunity to express myself artistically, in ways that I hadn’t before. I had so many great moments, from getting engaged, being able to share my journey with others, and showing my art. I am grateful for all of the lessons I learned, the moments I was able to share with loved ones, and excited for what’s next.
Behind the Artist
Body love is so important. Through figures, I explore our relationships with our bodies as safe places, giving both a sense of home and revival. Our relationships with our bodies can seem turbulent at times. It doesn’t always look or feel how we want it, but one thing that holds true is that it is ours. I have grown to love my body, protect it, and accept it on its best and worst days. Living with Cerebral Palsy is not always easy, and I have learned to embrace my imperfections and find the beauty in all of its nuances. I don't always feel great about it everyday, but more often than not, I’ve grown to love what is.
Inside Lindsay’s Studio
Color is one of my favorite parts of my art practice. I’ve always been drawn to color theory. I dress in neutrals and monochrome a lot, so my art is a way for me to have complete range in my color choices. I am very much drawn to earth tones and the primary colors, but find joy finding different combinations that evoke thought and sensuality.
Behind Lindsay’s Quarantine Chronicles
Quarantine Chronicles was such a wonderful moment. I started it just wanting to track the unique moment we were in. I wasn’t sure how long it would be, I didn’t know how I would feel each week, but I knew that this moment in time was like no other, and I wanted to find ways to express myself and keep a survey. When I shared it with others, it seemed like many people were feeling similarly. I think in the clouds that were 2020, this series offered some sunlight, filled with color and expression.
About Lindsay’s Advocacy
My art practice, in a sense, is also a form of advocacy. Art has always offered me a unique way to express some of my confusion, frustration and loneliness that I’ve felt by living with a disability. I also think in a way, my art practice helps fight the stigma that people with disabilities are unable to do things. I really work to normalize my experiences and show the world that the disability community is not one that can just be pushed into a corner and ignored, but is full of talent, truth, and perspectives that should be shared with the world.
More About Linsday
How would you describe your personal style?‘
Minimal chic, with a hint of glam.’ I love neutrals, but I also love texture, and a nice pop of color on occasion. I definitely like to mix high and low, and have been more conscious with what I buy, but I will forever love to dress up. I have definitely leaned into my unique style and feel less pressure on trends and norms like high heels. My wardrobe is a big part of my expression and I kind of look at my body like a canvas, and love finding different ways to paint it with fashion.
What is the best gift you’ve ever gotten and why?
That is such a tough question, and I don’t know if I have one answer. But, gifts are one of my love languages, and it doesn’t much matter what it is or how much it costs! My fiancé put together a scavenger hunt for my birthday one year, and it was the most enchanting experience. Spa day, playlists, picnics, and dinner.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Popcorn mixed with Goobers! Best snack ever.
What is your go-to DoorDash order?
I feel like I have a standing line up: Love Mellow Mushroom for Pizza, Indigo for Indian, and Beau Thai for Thai!
If you could buy three things from the Tuckernuck website, what would they be and why?
Gold Penny Knot Mules, Jolene Chambray Midi Dress, Antelope Royal Shirt Dress
Solids or stripes?
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