Large panoramic oil paintings to small-enclosed charcoal and pencil drawings make up the current boundaries of Emilys work. Paint lays in shapes and lines relying on traditional drawing methods to find and hold form and space. Within this boundary some topics of exploration include social identity, self-image, indifference, indulgence, and privilege. Emily often works with animals and plants, some of which are engaged with the space around them and aware of the viewers presence, and others who are passive in demeanor and intent.
The figures originate from the study of cadavers in biology departments, insects in entomology museums, herd animals in paddock enclosures and a range of cultivated and wild plant life found in the communities she resides in. The environments of these figures provide insight to the emotional space constructed. The cold labs, clean insect boxes, natural watering holes and kitchen counters influence her chosen landscape and often allow the model to become the emphasis.
Momentum toward current and future work relies on excitement for organic structures, personal reflections on cultural shifts, and networking with local community members and colleagues to discover new source material. As of 2015, Emily is shifting into more plant-based work and exploring the significance of what does or does not make it into our daily routines. Is a piece of arugula liberal, provocative and privileged, or is it a simple kitchen salad? The politics and class systems of a garden merit investigation.