First Semester Bibliography

It’s great to choose what to study. For my first semester I decided to concentrate on my my favorite thing: painting. My semester Visual Culture project is broken into 3 parts.

I began with an in-depth look at contemporary artist practice. I studied works of Leslie Hewitt (I know, Hewitt is a photographer, but the works are still life photographs). I read The Forever Now : Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World by Laura Hoptman of the MOMA, NY and Painting Now by Suzanne Hudson. I also visited galleries around Nashville. I visit new exhibitions and write about what’s going on in contemporary art in my city.

For the second part of the visual cultural project I am reading about classical painting, perspective, light, and display. The texts are dense but my favorite so far is The Rhetoric of Perspective : Realism and Illusionism in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still-Life Painting by Hanneke Grootenboer. If you LOVE Dutch still life painting this book is hard to put down! A real page turner! Grootenboer writes 21 pages about 1 Dutch breakfast painting. It is a must read. I am also reading The Art of Describing : Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century by Svetlana Alpers, The Language of Displayed Art, by O’Toole, and Vision and Art : The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingston. A pretty intense list but extremely satisfying.

The texts have inspired my studio practice as well. My goal is to be able to better describe my choices as to why I paint the things I paint and have a contemporary and historical understanding of my painting practice.

For the last section of my first semester I take a more personal approach to my study but I will include works oscillating between late capitalism and domesticity.

I am working with Sowon Kwon, a brilliant artist and assistant professor at Parsons School of Art, Media, Technology in NYC. For my studio practice I am privileged to work with the talented and accomplished Vesna Pavlovic associate professor at Vanderbilt University Department of Arts in Nashville, TN.

I hope that my studio work reflects my studies and I am able to communicate a multi-layered meta-vanitas relief painting as a reflection of this meta-modernist age in which we find ourselves. Oh and here is a picture of my cat.

Thank you for following my art journey.


Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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