For several winters, the artist has collected ashes from communal fires and made drawings with them on freshly fallen snow, recording the process with video and photographs. This mark-making gesture simultaneously embraces the ephemerality of experience and exists in tension with the impulse and narrative imperative to record and replay the event. By juxtaposing the ancient and embodied act of drawing with the rational and mechanical act of taking a picture, Emily’s work asks how we might keep the mental structures we create loose and light enough to allow us to remain present and fully participate in life as it unfolds.
In this first of a two-part exhibition, photographs are presented as fragments where the depicted gestural ash marks are deconstructed but still discernible, and accompanying drawings in ash (from fires here at Scribner’s) on canvas further illuminate what we imagine in the negative space. In the second presentation, on view beginning in December at Still House, sequences of video stills will offer a glimpse of the multiplicity of moments not chosen to be depicted in the complete photographs of ash drawings also on display.
Join us for a reception to view the exhibition, chat with the artist and mix and mingle in the Scribner’s Library. Wine and light bites will be served.