Emily Wilson: Artist's Statement
January 28 - March 2, 2014 Hillman-Jackson Gallery / Daniel Arts Center
We do not live in a hard and fast world. Nothing is completely black or white. There is always the middle space. There is always the unknown in every decision, a vacancy that resides between the poles of emotion. My artwork is this grey area, the transitional space between two known bookends. In my current body of work, I have chosen to focus on the movement between opposites—to illustrate the intersection and connective tissue between two embattled worlds. Combining abstraction and realism from the natural order with an industrial nuanced world, I compare parallel opposites and create their relationship. The juxtaposition is a personal exploration into the dual nature of emotion, deliberation, and belief. The etching process allows me to layer imagery. By combining subtle gentle layers with harsh linear marks, I marry these opposing worlds. I stretch the calm into the chaotic to fulcrum harmony between the beautiful and the ugly, the tested and untested, the perverse and the gentle musings, the nature and nurture, the man and machine.