Emily's interests lie in discussing the themes of memory, familiarity, and nostalgia through an exploration of material culture. She most enjoys working with various fiber arts, mixed media and collage, watercolor, book and zine arts, costume design, and kintsugi and ceramics.
Take a moment to explore a small sampling of Emily's recent scope of work below, and reach out via the contact form if you are interested in learning more.
"Gestalt theory is the idea that humans have a natural tendency to create and complete patterns that don't exist, which can be used to explain paranormal phenomena like UFOs. It can be suggested that we are simply interpreting unrelated pieces of information as a whole. In this project I collage very small cuttings of textures from magazines onto instant photos to create objects that the viewer could interpret as a UFO. In this way, I take familiar sights and make them just unfamiliar enough to be unsettling. Then it's up to the viewer to complete the work."
(Mixed media, 2016 - ONGOING)
"This is a quick watercolor illustration study of my favorite treat from Japanese vending machines: CC Lemon. The amount of nostalgia and personal memory that can explode out of capturing just a glimpse of an ordinary, everyday object is something that continues to captivate me."
"This battle jacket bears the fruit of several hours of trash and debris collection along the coastline in northern Virginia Beach. A battle jacket usually tells a story of the wearer, but in this case, it tells the story of a place too: punk's not dead, but the sea might be."
(Mixed media, 2019)
Afternoon Tubing at the River
"This photograph is one of several that I have partially colorized using embroidery techniques. Adding color and texture to black and white snapshots abandoned in antique malls gives them new life, vibrancy, and honors the little moments in which they were taken once more."
(Mixed media embroidery, 2019)
CICADA EXOSKELETONS FROM THE 2016 MIDATLANTIC BROOD
"In 2016, the midatlantic region of the United States experienced the emergence of a cicada brood that had been underground for more than a decade. When the cicadas emerged, they climbed as high as they could onto every surface and then broke out of their exoskeletons as fully formed adults. Afterwards, those surfaces remained covered in thousands upon thousands of delicate, empty shells, just as they now cling to this tree-like jacket in memory of the insects that have flown away. They echo the pins of a traditional battle jacket, the transluscent badges of a summer when the ground came alive."
(Mixed media, 2019)
"In a moment of frustration, I tore apart several discarded watercolor attempts and idly began playing with the scraps of paper. I found that the colors and shapes I was so dissatisfied with were far more pleasing when destroyed, disassembled and rearranged."