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Emily is an active artist based in Astoria, Queens. She grew up in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. Emily has worked as an art educator and administrator in the non-profit sector and has been involved in arts communities in Philadelphia and New York for almost ten years. Since moving to New York in 2002, she exhibits her work on a regular basis in New York and Philadelphia, and currently serves on the board of a Queens-based arts organization, QVille. Her current work uses text from and imagery inspired by antique etiquette books, housekeeping guides and cook books to explore feminist and personal identity.

Artist Statement

I work from life, photographs, transferred images and patterns all of which are loaded with significance. These personal associations involve and engage me in the formal issues of painting. I use my body and myself as the primary figure and subject to explore ideas about my identity. The pieces are very layered and incorporate collage elements, drawing, printmaking, photography and painting to address the formal issues of design. 1950s design and culture, housewifery, antique etiquette, housekeeping guides and pin-up girls heavily influence the most recent works.

The recent work began as a research project. I was watching friends get married and have babies, becoming 'domesticated', and I started thinking about those choices. I could sense and recognize conflicting pressures to stay home and be a mother and create a nice home versus having a career and being ‘successful'. I wanted to understand how images of women have changed, what changes them, and what it means for women of my generation and myself.

I started collecting antique etiquette books, housekeeping guides and cook books. I was attracted to the imagery and color, to the disgustingly vile recipes and bizarre advice. All these books kept reaffirming (subtly and not so subtly) that a woman's ‘place' is in the home, her duty is to her husband and family first and she will always come second.   Part of her duty was to be chaste and sexually available, capable and reserved, intelligent but not too smart.   I was amazed at the list of household chores a housewife was expected to perform, or that a servant was expected to perform. It was clear the rules were very different dependent on your class.   In reality, the idealized housewife was simply that – an ideal.   None of the women in my family stayed home – that was a luxury.   The image of the 1950's housewife was a fabrication, an ideal to keep women out of the work force, or at least embarrass those who had no choice but to work.   I'm curious about the conflict between that ideal and it's reality, and current feminine and cultural ideals and their realities.

Courtesy on the Telephone

Ironing Blues

Floor Scrubber