This work seeks to examine the celebratory space between the comic and the tragic that simultaneously exist in the life of an event. 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 spaces. 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.
Many of the sculptures become part of short animations that begin to shift our perception of what is real, what is desired, and what is anticipated. 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 spaces.
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
Emily lives and works in Joshua Tree CA