My work examines the sensuous space between the comic and the tragic, what is real and what is fictitious, what can simultaneously exist and be at odds in the life of an event or virtual space. Today we spend so much of our time maintaining a virtual persona and presence, the gap and stutter between what is real and what is presented is at the core of many of the animations, paintings and sculptures.Throughout my work it's important that I accept, embrace, and celebrate human vulnerability. As subject matter I look to social media, funerals, parties, parades, and carnivals, in their finite nature, for the work to be actively a part of these sensual celebratory practices. The materials hold a metaphor of the ephemeral and the cherished, creating objects and videos, that play with what is monumental and decorative, comic and tragic, and beg the viewer to reconsider their relationship to these ideas and realities
Many of the sculptures and paintings become part of or start from short animations that begin to shift our perception of what is real, what is desired, and what is anticipated. The animations play with tools that are built into our cell phones through Instagram and TikTok filters to text emojis and simple video editing apps.This work mashes the individual and group, the celebratory and discarded, the monumental and diminutive. Though these pieces seem overtly playful, there is an under current of the tragic and unexpected invading these everyday spaces. I’m leaning into how comforting the decorative is in the ritual that we find necessary at moments of tragedy.
Emily has an artist publication/podcast called Curate Joshua Tree www.curatejoshuatree.com IG:@curatejoshuatree
Emily is co-director and founder of Unpaved Gallery, an artist-run space in the hi-desert of California www.unpavedgallery.com
Emily lives and works in Joshua Tree CA