Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues is one of those wonderful artworks that reveals a new detail every time you look at it, drawing the eye towards sunlight-dappled leaves, deep pools and bouncing droplets of water. Stunning blues and greens reflect light while also capturing the natural curves of foliage and the sensual form of woman.
Virginia-based artist Lindsey Kircher created Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when she, like so many of us, experienced loneliness and uncertainty. “By portraying these women bathing themselves in their tears, I enable them to move through experiences of suffering and become stronger,” she explains. “Further, as they embrace their strong and sensual bodies, they demonstrate the power to grow resilient by persevering through difficult experiences.”
“As they embrace their strong and sensual bodies, they demonstrate the power to grow resilient by persevering through difficult experiences”
Kircher celebrates femininity and sensuality in this work, as well as themes of renewal and resilience. However, she was also inspired by her interest in the Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, which are not only some of the USA’s most ancient forests, but also home to intricate ecosystems. There’s also another huge theme in the piece: Kircher’s personal emotional development.
“This luscious, timeless landscape of ferns, trees, and flowing rivers seems a natural environment for these women to bathe themselves in their tears,” she says. “Though the women are shedding giant teardrops, they embrace their emotions and make use of their tears by cleansing themselves in a baptismal act of purification and transformation. They could be the first people on earth or the last, deeply immersed in their environment and alone to celebrate the sensuality and capability of their strong bodies.”
“This luscious, timeless landscape of ferns, trees, and flowing rivers seems a natural environment for these women to bathe themselves in their tears”
Kircher has always been interested in exploring ideas of the female body and the lived experience of young women, examining how sensuality and femininity can be simultaneously limiting and empowering. In Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues, this concept meshes with her interest in rebirth and death in nature. “The ways that these women engage in an act of renewal mirrors winter becoming spring, plants flowering, and caterpillars becoming butterflies,” she says.
Born in France but raised in America, Kircher is currently studying for an MFA in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited in London and New York. This print is available in a strictly limited edition of 50, with a certificate of authenticity.