What Grows from the Bottom
The Cycle of Life and Death
October 5 to November 2
Explore the world she has created using her drawings and ceramics. Em’s “What Grows from the Bottom” series revolves on the fringe of the cycle of life and death. It spans the physical relationship and emotional space in between the tops of the mountain peaks and the bottom of the sea floor.
Em says: “Valentines Day of 2017, my best friend lost his battle to depression and ended his life. Following his loss, I began recreating and reimagining the landscapes of his home in Stroudsburg, PA, the Pocono Mountains. This project originally started as a direct response to the grief of his passing, that eventually evolved to figurative desolate landscapes. Parallel to these ‘Grief Landscapes/ Landscapes Through His Eyes’ was the ceramic series, ‘Of the Sea Floor.’ This series focused on a way of handling clay that was as much about the hands making the mark as the form that it created. These two bodies of work became about the physical relationship and the emotional space in between the tops of the mountain peaks and the bottom of the sea floor.”
“With the year anniversary approaching, the grief of reliving this traumatic loss moved me from the space in between directly to the bottom. My current work is about what grows from the bottom. This grouping still includes “Of the Sea Floor” series, continuing with familiar imagery of coral and seaweed with an addition of the human presence, rocks, mushrooms, dead flowers, and the night sky. There’s an insertion of hope, as when hitting rock bottom, the only direction is up. This work is not only about the physical location of the bottom, but the psychological location of the bottom.”