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

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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