Emma Anne

BIO
I’m a Contemporary techspressionist, recyclerist, image-maker, born in Milwaukee, a small city in the heart of America. I also work in social services as a caretaker, and as a musician playing in improvisational bands.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I’m interested in recreating images found in media headline imagery or on social media feeds using classical art making methods and thrown away objects. I focus on creating images depicting our relationships with nature, technology and machinery. Creating art from images that are not necessarily unseen, but are usually experienced through a screen, I believe helps us better experience one another’s feelings without the subjection of digitalization; an exchange of information producing confusion between the artificial and the real.

My artworks aim to help create an imaginative dialogue between the subject’s message and the viewer. Often my work compels the viewer to walk up close to investigate the detail and travel emotionally questioning why this story is chosen to be portrayed.

My goal is to open minds and hearts by taking time to notice things, feelings, places and people that have been overlooked on our journey here on this big blue marble called earth. The heart of my work focuses on questioning "beautiful" norms formulated by the endless cycle of imagery we experience daily. Beauty is a mental construct we manufacture with our mind.

Through use of the visual force, I hope to transform perceptions and biases we have, but aren't always consciously or physically aware of. If there is anything I hope people take away from viewing my art, it is a new idea, inspiration, or hope on how one can live in greater harmony with other humans, other species, our planet, our environment, and all of our trash.

ARTIST PRACTICE
My artworks are heavily influenced by my imagination, fauvism, abstract expressionism, as well as, … trash. Old posters, thrown away pieces of paper, used plywood, street signs, and tabletops are all used as “canvases” or “paper” in my most recent two-dimensional artworks. The high key-toned colors of fauvism inspire my color palettes created from pixelated digital imagery. I have apprenticed under three artists of whom have drastically impacted my practice. Nancy Dwyer, A painter, sculptor, public artist, teacher, professor, creator, involved in the Pictures Generation Movement (1974-1984), taught me many, many methods of making art. Her artwork and essence inspires me to continually explore a multitude of mediums, focus on socially charged subjects, critique capitalist views, and always look for a good laugh. Through a stagehand gig, I met Burlington, Vermont based artist Clark Russell. He hired me as his assistant to help him carry and transport his huge repurposed metal sculptures. An abstract sculptor, painter, and collage artist, he validated and encouraged my use of found objects in creating art- 2d and 3d. Through Nancy, I began working for Elliot Katz as well. Another sculptor, Elliot, taught me how to manifest forms of physicality, deliberation, and repetition to create art that depicts the natural world in tension with the needs of people, juxtaposing finely crafted subject matter with found materials.