The mark of the hand is one of the most important elements in my work. Issues such as touch, intimacy and mark-making come up repeatedly in my work. In both my objects and drawings, touch is the physical evidence of the personal. The vessels I made in my years as a potter were formed using a pinch process that created a special intimacy between myself the maker. Each object was touched in a very sensitive way, leaving the evidence of each finger mark. In my more recent work, the Fountain Series, the evidence of my hand continues to remain an important part of the work. When working in materials such as clay or ink, the gesture put into the artwork is extremely important because each mark has its own unique presence. I see my mark making in creating objects similar to that of a brush mark made by a painter.
Throughout the history of my work I have also been interested in the notion of loss of self. For six years I worked making pottery and was interested in how the vessels I made could operate as props, helping to create a loss of self through the use of my vessels between people. These objects could assist in moments where people were allowed to escape the world around them and deliberately enter into a more intimate place. In the series Fountain Studies, I recreated the water spray of various fountains without the presence of the physical fountain. In these pieces, I wanted to address the idea of loss of self in what I call a “conscious unconsciousness”, which is when the viewer consciously looses them self in the presence of an object or environment. In my work, I hope to recreate the simple moments in life that can more easily bring us to a deeper part of ourselves.
Artist Bio / CV
Emily Schroeder, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, is now maintaining a studio in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Red Rocks Community College. In 2006 she received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before graduate school Emily studied art at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and also held a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT for two years. She the recipient of the 2001 Jerome Grant from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. Her BFA is from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has exhibited her work across the United States, as well in Europe, Australia and Central America.