"All my work is abstract now, but it references real concrete experiences of the world: nature, urban industrial landscapes, bodies and body parts, etc. Images come to mind and I jot them down in my hand-made sketchbooks. I work with the same forms over and over until they change or morph meaning and evolve into new forms. It is an organic way of working. I try not to limit or control the imagery much beyond a formal need for composition, color, space, etc.
I search for beauty in forms but also try to push against formal beauty. I try to challenge the viewer to consider certain colors, forms, ideas that may feel rough or abrasive or against an internal order and to consider a new view that can open the concept of beauty into unexpected realms.
I love working in the intimate scale of the smallest of my paintings and drawings, where my eye can encompass the entire piece all at once without having to move my head. These paintings feel like they are inside me - very internal works that express a feeling rather than a space." - Emily Church, 2015
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