Our latest gallery artist to comment is St. Louis multimedia artist Emmeline Solomon, who is excited to debut her collection at our studio for our Grand Opening Event on Saturday! Read on for her personal Artist Insights...
1. How would you describe your personal practice? Where do you work best, what inspires you?
Aggressively research-based? Hopeful? More than half of my practice is reading and obsessively researching things that may or may not ever be part of what I'm doing in the studio. The other half is making a lot of failed pieces, until whatever I was trying to say shows up.
Where I work best is entirely dependent on which half of my practice is involved. I will openly admit that I research and write better in public, and I am 1000% that asshole with a laptop and a latte in every coffee shop.
I'm currently very inspired by magical realist literature, early Judeo-christian narratives, and dust.
2. What concepts are driving the work you will be showing at the gallery opening?
Collecting, the human habit of magicalizing our everyday narratives, holiness found in the mundane.
3. How do you feel about working in St. Louis?
I am grateful for the close-knit and supportive community of artists here, the accessibility of space, and the fact that we only get a couple inches of snow every winter.
4. What's your dessert of choice and why?
Do donuts count as dessert? I am very in to (vegan) donuts. Unfortunately I haven't found any truly great ones in STL. If anyone has the vegan donut hookup, let me know.