Emily Pittman: Unsettled
With this new body of work, Pittman has created abstract versions of the essential building blocks of community. A wall drawing and colourful forms suspended in space suggest churches, houses, lighthouses and other historic buildings. Pittman explores how concepts of community and home are carried with us. Communities are much more than a collection structures – their significance comes from our associations and connections to the people within. This work was developed during an Elbow Room Residency, a Rooms Provincial Art Gallery program that provides Newfoundland and Labrador artists at the beginning of their careers with the opportunity to work in a dedicated studio for three months towards an exhibition and publication.
More about the artist:
Emily Pittman (b. 1994, St. John’s, NL) earned an Honours BA (with Distinction), majoring in Studio Art and English from the University of Guelph. She moved back to St. John’s, NL in May 2016 and started work at the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art and Design. She is represented by Christina Parker Gallery, has exhibited at venues including Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John's, NL) and Boarding House Gallery (Guelph, ON), and created the mural for HOLD FAST Festival (St. John's, NL) in 2017. She has been featured on the cover of Visual Arts News, as well as in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram. Emily co-founded The Gathered Gallery, an independently-run visual arts and curatorial writing blog, which received the Emerging Artist Residency Award from Spark Box Studio in 2017.
Image: Emily Pittman. Digital mock-up for Water (Unsettled). 2018. Courtesy of the artist.