Sarah Emerson: June 7 – July 31, 2013
Beginning tomorrow at 5pm: Sarah Emerson: Dog Days
“Sarah Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths College in London, England in 2000. Over the years she has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the United States and Europe, including at White Columns, New York, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT and Tache-Levy, Belgium. In 2010 she exhibited her work in “Catastrophe” the Quebec City Biennial curated by Sylvie Fortin as well as Flux Projects Atlanta. In 2011 her work was included in the new Biennial publication Noplaceness published by Atlanta Art Now.
In 2012 her work was featured in issue 100 of New American Paintings and she recently completed a large mural for Living Walls 2012. In 2013 she will exhibit a selection of paintings and a large mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.
Emerson currently teaches Painting and Drawing at Emory University.”
In Black Sea of Trees, her new Underland mural for Project Atrium, Emerson explores the space and scale of the Haskell Atrium Gallery to create a view for those standing at the edge of the wilderness, safe and sound from the blackness in the distance. Using the impressive scale to emphasize the mystery and power of nature and the unknown lurking in the dark or beneath the surface, the mural documents an imagined landscape based on the visual exploration of innocence lost and the beauty within our natural environment. Within the composition, Emerson integrates large-scale letters spelling SAFE & SOUND in a whimsical, sweet, and comforting text type. This creates a jarring contrast to the steaming, molten rivers of blackness ooze down the mountain, leaving behind trees stripped of foliage and the skeletal remains of its arboreal denizens. Overall, the piece shows the epic aftermath of man and nature’s eternal struggle to coexist. While she tried to reassures the viewer that all is safe and sound at the edge of the wilderness, she reminds us, as Robert Frost stated that “…the woods are lovely dark and deep.”
Sarah Emerson is featured in this video from Living Walls 2012. Living Walls is a non-profit organization promoting public art through installations, workshops and a yearly conference bringing artists from around the world to Atlanta. This segment was featured on “This is Atlanta,” an Emmy-nominated magazine show from PBA 30, Atlanta’s PBS Station