by Emily Weiner
In my paintings, I have been configuring symbols from the past and present, connecting visual threads that run from antiquity and the Renaissance to craft traditions—to archetypes in folklore, theater, dreams, and nature. My work considers symbolic imagery through a feminist lens; It opposes the idea that progress in history is a straight arrow, but is rather a winding timeline that overlaps, loops, omits, de/rematerializes, and repeats.I wonder, how are representational imagesshaped, shared, and translated? How do they travel between or outside epochs? What are the narratives that dominate our stories, and how are they reinforced?Technically, my paintings—usually oil on linen, set in ceramic frames—rely on intuition, time, and layers of paint.
Emily Weiner (b. Brooklyn, 1981) is a painter living and working in Nashville, TN. Combining ceramics and oil painting, her works configure icons, geometries, and material motifs which recur over time. She is interested in the ways in which symbols move between the collective unconscious and individual perception. Weiner received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (2003) and her MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts (2011). Past exhibitions of her paintings include: David Lusk Gallery (Nashville, TN); Gerdarsafn Museum (Kopavogur, Iceland); Crush Curatorial (Amagansett, NY); LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University (New York); CULT (San Francisco); Soloway (Brooklyn), and Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia). She has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (2015); residency co-leader at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine (2018); Artist Teacher-Resident at The Cooper Union, New York, NY (2014); artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Canada (2012); and resident at Camac Art Center in France (2011). Her work was featured in New American Paintingsin 2020