Emily L. R. Adams
b. 1981, Louisville, KY.
I am an installation artist living in Olympia, WA. As a multi-media artist, my work combines found objects with large-scale lens-based screen prints and pattern design. I earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015), and my BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design (2005). Among several awards, I am a recipient of the David and Edith Sinaiko Woman in the Arts Award (2015), and my work has been featured in New American Painting Magazine (2015). I have worked with artists and master printers at Pace Editions (NY) and Tandem Press (WI).
I am a printmaking technician and teacher at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
My great uncle, was an Italian immigrant who worked as a wallpaper designer in New York City throughout the 1930’s. His work comprised of replicating and restoring historic wallpaper. Raised in a family of artists and engineers, I’ve developed an acute sensibility to our designed environment. That which exists in our everyday space didn’t just happen, there is a person behind every constructed space that we exist in.
Examining the effects of time, my work explores the potential of our actions that influences our trajectory. Encompassing an understanding of the actions of our predecessors brings awareness to our present situation in both physical and metaphysical terms. I create my work as a catalyst to impress upon others the capabilities that we have in influencing our own lives, communities, and future.
Often, the choices we make are influenced by the pre-existing, historically implemented, parameters of societal and environmental constraint. I use portraiture to tell this story and, printmaking to express these ideas rhetorically. In a variety of approaches, whether it be photographic decals on silver serving ware, or printed resist on mud-washed fabric, I am showing how different materials interact together to create a new narrative. This outlook of possibility, encourages the viewer to see how our actions and motivations can influence our own future.