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Emilie Selden
updated: 07/17/2013
website: emilieselden.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Prisms
Night and Day, Day and Night
Graft
Arbor
Main Squeeze
Clean Teeth
The Black
The Black II
New York, New York I
Mood Indigo
House of Cards
The Times
This is a Fine Romance
Broom
Seedling
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, abstract, architecture, landscape
 
 
Prisms by Emilie Selden
Prisms
Bass wood, paper, acrylics
2013
12 " x  16 "  x 16 " 
Night and Day, Day and Night by Emilie Selden
Night and Day, Day and Night
Bass wood, paper, acrylics
2013
8 " x  10 "  x 4 " 
Graft by Emilie Selden
Graft
Bass wood, paper, acrylics
2012
30 " x  24 "  x 24 " 
Arbor by Emilie Selden
Arbor
Bass wood, paper, acrylics
2012
48 " x  72 "  x 12 " 
Main Squeeze by Emilie Selden
Main Squeeze
paper, acrylics
2011
32 " x  40 "  x 10 " 
Clean Teeth by Emilie Selden
Clean Teeth
paper, acrylics
2011
25 " x  30 " 
The Black by Emilie Selden
The Black
paper, acrylics, oil pastel, colored pencil, graphite
2010
18 " x  18 "  x 1.5 " 
The Black II by Emilie Selden
The Black II
acrylics, paper, trash
2011
23 " x  23 "  x 1 " 
New York, New York I by Emilie Selden
New York, New York I
linoleum cuts, assorted paper, trash, acrylics
2011
24 " x  24 "  x 3 " 
Mood Indigo by Emilie Selden
Mood Indigo
paper, acrylics, cork
2010
44 " x  40 "  x .5 " 
House of Cards by Emilie Selden
House of Cards
Linoleum Cut, Colored Pencil
3/2009
Dimensions variable
The Times by Emilie Selden
The Times
newsprint, graphite, oil pastel, newspapers
March 2009
Dimensions variable
This is a Fine Romance by Emilie Selden
This is a Fine Romance
paper, acrylics, thread, dirt, filing cabinet
2009
29 " x  15 "  x 40 " 
Broom by Emilie Selden
Broom
monotypes, newspapers, string, eggs, wood
3/2008
65 " x  16 "  x 8 " 
Seedling by Emilie Selden
Seedling
Linoleum cut, dirt, wire, paper
March 2009
4.5 " x  2 "  x 1 " 

Artist Statement

I have a kind of looming anxiety about new technology. Now that so many of our interactions with each other are relegated to the internet, where they become literally substanceless, I wonder about the connective tissue that holds together our real, physical communities.

My current work is an attempt to delineate that everyday landscape. I have been constructing sculptural replicas of ordinary objects: postcards, photographs, ticket stubs, money, etc. They are mostly impermanent objects, symbols of discourse that gain their importance through changing hands. I make every component to-scale from observation, which forces me to consider my subject in relation to my own body. I want the process of making these sculptures to draw attention to the corporeality of my subjects, as well as to the limits of my own hand.

Ideally this effort at naturalism, combined with the small scale of the work, plays on one’s sense memory to create a shared space in the gallery. Folding chairs and dollar bills are things we are all accustomed to handling without examining: seeing them rendered in paper offers an opportunity to rethink the objects, as well as the habits of hand we associate with them. As more of life becomes virtual, pixilated, and instantly available, I feel drawn to those things that are mortal, vulnerable, and scarce. I see myself in the tradition of still life painting; I hold out a belief that understanding the weight and measure of intimate life—things small and close—is vital to understanding the world at large.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

University of Pennsylvania School of Design Philadelphia, PA
MFA in Drawing and Painting Sept. 2007–May 2009

Royal College of Art London, UK
Travel Fellowship May–June 2008

School of Visual Arts New York, NY
Color Etching Continuing Education Course Sept.–Dec. 2006

Amherst College Amherst, MA
BA, Magna Cum Laude with distinction Sept. 2002–May 2006
Double Major in English & Fine Arts
Senior Honors Thesis in Drawing and Painting
Recipient of the Hasse Prize in Fine Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy Interlochen, MI
Visual Arts Major Sept. 2000–May 2002

Exhibitions

Wassaic Exhibition Wassaic, NY
June - September 2012

Adam Baumgold Gallery New York, NY
Fiction/Nonfiction March - May 2012

Fowler Art Collective New York, NY
The Pinch October 2011

Governor's Island Art Fair New York, NY
September 2011

Adam Baumgold Gallery New York, NY
Drawn June - August 2011

Hunterdon Art Museum Clinton, NJ
Up and Coming 2011: New Printmakers Make Their Mark June - September 2011

Cauldron Projects Birmingham, AL
Watchwords March 2011

Fowler Arts Collective Brooklyn, NY
Enter October 2010

New York Studio Gallery New York, NY
ArtCamp Residency + Exhibition July-August 2010

After Dark Projects New York, NY
Piles July 2010

Michael Steinberg Fine Art New York, NY
Where There's Smoke, There's Smoke July-Aug. 2009

The Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts Building Philadelphia, PA 
MFA Thesis Exhibition May-June 2009