As an artist my work is rooted in Expressionism & my personal experiences. I suffer from a number of health conditions which drive a large part of my work. Right around the time that the world went into lockdown, I experienced a major health scare. It was during this time that I began to think about the correlation between my personal battles & what was going on in the world. At the same time that my body was taking a break to heal; so was our planet. I found beauty in the idea of our planet fighting back against the technologies of our world. While people were in quarantine, the planet fought back & began to heal. The ozone & air were improving. The plants & animals began to see their homes grow back. Nature was fighting back against the damage that technology has created. While a lot of good has come from our technological advances; I think we need to start a discussion about the effect it is having on our planet. I connected this idea to my body which during this time began to rest & heal. I connected the idea of meds that made me sick but that I needed in order to heal. At the end of quarantine I received good news about my health. Since then I have taken the time to make sure my body is taken care of. The earth is not as lucky however. As factories open, & people begin to return to their normal lives, the earth will once again be damaged. This is what inspired this piece. I create sculptures that function as alter egos of myself. This piece is a representation of not only my body fighting against the nature of a disease & the damage it inflicts; but the damage that we are causing to our world. The piece is an internal struggle between forces & the will to fight back.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Emma Anderson is an artist currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. She recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University’s School of Art in 2018 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016. Emma was awarded numerous scholarships and awards throughout the years. Most recently, she received Presidential Scholarships for Half Tuition on Summer Workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado in 2019 & 2018. Prior to this, Emma earned the Pauline Graver Biskind ’22 Prize for Painting in 2015, as well as being awarded the Joseph McCullough ’48 Scholarship for Excellence in Painting in 2014.
Additionally, she was awarded the Gund Family Scholarship in 2012. Emma currently has multiple paintings in the virtual exhibition, October Creep Show for Art Nova in Ontario, Canada. She also had a painting accepted into Art Nova’s virtual exhibition for their online gallery in Ontario, Canada a few months before.Prior to this one of Emma’s collages was accepted into the virtual art show for the Pandemic Archive. She also had two collages included in the "Self Portraits: Artists Respond to COVID-19" show on the Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Virtual Gallery at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, as well as the Cleveland Virtual Resurrection Art Show, in Cleveland, Ohio. Emma had a series of paintings in the show, “Your Lucky Day Friday the 13th” at Doubting Thomas Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio in 2020. She had a painting included in the National Arts Program Exhibition at Cudell Fine Arts Center in Cleveland, Ohio, along with numerous pieces in the “TRUTH” exhibition going on at Gallery U in Cleveland, Ohio. Emma had a photo collage recently accepted into the Kerala PHOTOMUSE-Cleveland Photo Exchange taking place at the Museum of Photography, Kerala, India at the start of 2020. One of Emma's painting was accepted into the 52 Weeks/52 Works Exhibition at the Fawick Gallery at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio in the fall of 2019, along with a solo exhibition entitled, I / You / She at the Big Box Gallery at Summit Artspace in Akron, Ohio. Emma exhibits her work regionally and internationally and has become active in the area by bringing the arts to the community.
Emma is currently teaching Painting Basics, Intermediate Painting, & Advanced Painting in the Continuing Education Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Most recently, she curated a show entitled, ‘Show Me What You Got” at Prama Gallery in Parma, Ohio in 2019. Emma recently had her painting, Nighttime Dreams & Midnight Screams used on the cover of poet John Burroughs's new book entitled, Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019. Emma is a practicing artist gaining regional and national prominence in the arts.