Originally from Boston, MA, now based in Brooklyn, NY, Emily (Em) is a dedicated visual artist emerging in the art world. Art has played a role in her life since childhood, as her initial struggles with speech and dyslexia led her to use visual devices for expression beyond language. During her undergraduate, Emily studied under Matt Saunders and Annette Lemieux, exploring various mediums in studio art. In her recent body of work, Emily’s paintings and illustrations focus on the female form in surreal environments, seeking to shift the narrative and perspective of the self versus the other. In the summer of 2023, Emily will be showcasing this body of work in a solo show at the Pleiades Gallery in Manhattan. Selected pieces from this series were recently on display in Maverick Expo, a group show supported by Bitforms Gallery, Disrupted Realism, an internationally juried exhibition at the Buckham Gallery, Art Basel in Miami, and featured in various virtual exhibitions during the height of the pandemic. Her 2018 series on altered states were selected for the Flagler County Art League’s Faces & Figures juried exhibition, featured in The Book of Art publication, and displayed in Emotions, an international online exhibition by Gallerium. In 2021, she worked alongside Santa Fe based artist Brad Smith, showcasing her work in his gallery on Canyon Road. Currently, Emily is a member and practicing artist of Kunstraum LLC, an artist collective and studio space in Brooklyn, New York.
Originally inspired by the literature of Simone De Beauvoir, I use surrealism to depict worlds where the female form is celebrated as both the subjective and the objective; the self and the other. Within the work, the hand of the creator comes into contrast with the creation itself in subtle moments that reveal my artist process –deliberately untouched canvas, unfinished figure sketches, moments that allow the viewer to complete the story, enter the narrative and contribute to the creation itself. Since the book of Genesis, the female form has been understood as the other, pulled from Adam’s rib, “…she is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her" (The Second Sex, Beauvoir). Confronting this ideology, I offer an alternative world, a multi-dimensional playground for the form to inhabit, create, and be created. Here, I celebrate, rather than define, nature’s complex duality. These worlds play with time and space, allowing the viewer to feel grounded in the sense of reality, while still lost in the navigation of the surreal landscape.
In this series, I use linear perspective to manipulate our understood measures of dimensionality. By integrating mirrors and long shadows, my recent work expands on my original exploration of 'the self and the other'. While the mirrors directly pull the viewer into the piece, the figure's long shadows add an element of time, a growing moment that captures the intangible nature of self-reflection.
This piece constructs worlds of tomorrow by reframing the duality of the human experience into a singular narrative –where the figure is not detached, but rather an integral part of the environment, shifting with our understood notions of the subjective and the objective. In essence, I seek to harness the feeling that we can and will be a part of something greater than ourselves.