May 02, 2011

Meet Emily Marie Cox: Spring is in the Air

Emily in her studio

1. Where do you live and does that influence your work at all?

Right now I am on the cusp of some major life changes and am playing the part of a gypsy as I get ready for those events. I just moved from Brooklyn and am currently working out the details of my next move. For the last few months, I have split my time between my childhood home in Wisconsin, visiting my fiance in Austin and revisiting my recent past back in NYC. When I was living in New York, I was very inspired by all the diverse characters walking down the street or sitting on the subway. Now that I spend most ofmy time in a rural environment, I relish in the quiet, natural beauty around me. It has been a pleasure to watch spring arrive this year.

2. We had some of your work before in our Deep South show - these pieces are quite different, yet quite related - can you tell us about the journey to the new work?

At the time of Deep South, I had just graduated from college with a degree in Fibers. My work at that time was very sculptural. Living in a small space in New York, I wasn't able to do as much 3-D work and my work began to transition into 2-D, a much more apartment friendly way to work. My work has forever been very figurative and illustrative. It keeps chasing me! In the past couple years, I have stopped denying it and let the drawings take over me.

2.b Tell us about what Spring means to you.

You will have to come to the show to find out!

3. What is a perfect day for you?

A day devoid of time.

4. Desert island scenerio: one art material to use, one dessert to eat , one band to listen to (over and over!) - which would they be?

6B graphite pencil. 70% Dark Chocolate. The Byrds.

5. Do you have a practice or ritual in making art?

I don't have a specific ritual but I make sure my mind is in a place it needs to be according to the kind of art I am creating. For this show, I created it at the end of winter so I could really feel what it was like to emerge into spring. I also listened to a lot of happy music and I wore the same outfit every time I went to work on it in the studio.

6. Have you stayed in touch with like thinking class mates from college - and have you collaborated?

The most valuable thing my education gave me was the people I met. We have all remained very close and often remind each other about how fortunate we are to have met such kindred spirits. I have collaborated with many of them. My most exciting collaboration is on the brink of unveiling. Stay tuned to to learn more soon!

7. What is your one wish for your art?

I wish for my art to speak to many so I can forever continue to support myself with it.

Thank you so much Emily for this interview and a peek into your artful life!

The show opens Tuesday during regular gallery hours - but a formal opening will be held Saturday May 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All work will be available online on Tuesday May 2nd at our shop.


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