About the Artist

Many similarities can be made between Cindy Sherman’s photographs and Emily’s paintings. Both artists focus on women. They pull subjects from popular culture, the media, and characters conjured from their imaginations. The works of both artists often reference an art-historical past. They also appropriate and alter images of women in investigations of glamour, sentiment, theater and the cultural gaze. Emily‚Äôs paintings, however, seek to counter an embellished status quo with reverence and sympathy. Since earning her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Emily has exhibited and been published widely. She says of her work: “Images of women often become accepted substitutes for definitive descriptions of character. I have always seen the image, in general, as both a situational summary as well as a plentiful and fertile stand-in for verbal description.”