Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Emma Kohlmann


Oct. 31 - Dec. 13, 2018

Reception & Gallery Talk Thurs. Dec. 6th, 5-7pm
 gallery talk begins 5:30pm

Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions

Cup, house, body, foot, hand, bird, dog, lover, plant, tree.
These are archetypal symbols that exist within my dreams. I am constantly reworking within this language in order to complicate their meanings. My work is a place for me to explore a dream state that is not tethered to societal standards, that is egalitarian and gender is a limitless spectrum. In this series that has spanned over past three years, I am still constantly running into the same ideas. These images become a visual language that continually reflect a deeper subconscious meaning. I think these symbols come from a place of wanting a renewed symbolism.  I feel as though when I paint, nothing is ever what it seems to be. There is a culmination of actions that occur when the medium of watercolor and sumi ink interact on paper. Some of my brush strokes are unintentional and spontaneous. The result does not need to be defined because it is apart of the ambiguous nature of my work.

Emma Kohlmann lives and works in Florence, MA. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City, Nationale, Portland, OR, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, and Kit Gallery, Tokyo. Selected group exhibitions include the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, MOCA Tucson, AZ, and New Release, New York, NY. She publishes her own artist’s books, zines and made various record covers for music labels. You can find her on Instagram at meiow_mix or at ekohlmann.com.

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