This Magic Moment (2023)
An exploration of materials that capture and celebrate the ephemeral.
Hanging ceramic sculptures that contemplate navigating life.
Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln's Legacy, University of Illinois, Springfield (2022)
Lindsay Johnson’s three sculptures of children highlight how the Civil War transformed their lives. In one, Lincoln jauntily carries his son on his shoulders, symbolizing his playful joy in parenthood and the importance of loving bonds between parent and child. In another, a heartbroken girl clutches the Union army cap of her dead father. She evokes the wartime sundering of parental bonds in countless families North and South. In the last, an older boy protectively holds his younger sister as she stares warily into the distance. The children are freed slaves, possibly parentless. What awaited them? Emancipation opened vistas beyond the plantation, but also profound uncertainties. The gift of freedom was the burden of independence: like all other children of the Civil War, black children would walk into an unknown future and find their way." - excerpt from Professor Graham A. Peck's historical essay Children of War