Opening First Friday, April 7th, 6-9pm in our West-End Gallery
"In this body of work, I am searching for a history and for a home from which I feel disconnected. Through the repetitive processes of stitching and cutting paper, I create expressive forms which I hope will connect with and communicate with people at a deep level. Luminous Topographies is an examination of rootlessness and uprootedness. Delicate paper garments and intricately cut, illuminated paper scenes explore the things we carry with us, the stories we tell about where we come from, and the ones we make up because we don't know where that is. Light transforms paper, showing the bones of the processes that create it. Through this work, I am inventing such a record of memory. I want to discover how I can sink roots without remaining in one place, and how I can carry “home” with me." -Emily Chase
Emily Chase grew up on the move. She was born in New York, but has since lived in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and, most recently, Arkansas.
Chase received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Arkansas in 2013, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In April 2013 she was chosen as a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Award, a $15,000 grant for graduating seniors working in a craft medium or process, as well as an award to study at Penland School of Craft. She has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Maryland and Tennessee, including a solo show of her work at Living Arts Tulsa in 2015. She attended a 10 week residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in early 2016, and in January moved to Tulsa as an incoming member of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a competitive one to three year residency program for 2017-2018.
She currently works out of a studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her recent work focuses on paper as a sculptural media, using it to explore her continuing interest in narrative, ideas about home, and the relationships between clothing and identity.