About the Work
My newest series of prints and mixed media paintings grew out of a time of uncertainty. These images represent a natural world that feels powerful and unbalanced. I think of this alternate world as a “landscape of delusion”. These are the spaces my mind builds if I think about being alone, being lost, and being small. With these pieces, I am building an environment that embodies both idyllic and dystopian mirages. These are pictures of a transitional space, a dreamland where the ground has a pulse, a place that exists outside the control of its inhabitants.
Japanese woodblock prints inform the vertical format and overlay of ink lines. These unnatural landscapes feature heaped mounds of synthetic hair and veins that creep like weeds. The scenes bear suggestions of recognizable, organic life, though they are empty. The colors are a mix of smog, fire, nature, and plastic. The delicate textures and lines imply a developed ecosystem that promotes growth, while the acidic colors and hazy atmosphere signal the presence of something more sinister.
About the Artist
Emilia Edwards was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She currently lives in Philadelphia and works out of Space 1026.