BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT
My paintings map my inner world. My process seeks to open the locked door of the unconscious through methods suggested by Surrealism. I use a square format that negates hierarchical narrative composition, whether top-to-bottom or left-to-right. As I work, I frequently rotate the canvas in order to disorient the view, helping new directions emerge and facilitating my stream of consciousness approach. Color is used to reconstruct different moods and to connect to fragmentary, cryptic narratives. My goal is to create "nowhere" spaces with an absence of horizon lines and populated by what psychoanalyst Carl Jung referred to as archetypal imagery such as flying and floating contraptions, rocks and snakes. The mark varies from heavy and textural to a light touch befitting the content of the piece. My intention is to engage by slipping away, leaving gaps for viewers to fill as a springboard for their own imaginations.
Emily Halpern was born in Kentucky to a Swedish mother and an American father. When she was five, her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, where her parents became university professors. Tall and athletic, she won Kodak All-American basketball honors at Simon Fraser University, while concurrently playing on the Canadian national team. Following graduation, she played professionally in Germany, Australia and Switzerland. Following basketball, Emily pursued her long—time interest in art, earning a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and an MFA from San Diego State University, where her work received the Presidential Purchase Award, the Arts and Letters Deans Purchase Prize, the Liberty Station Fellowship and other accolades. Emily now paints in Los Angeles at The Brewery. Her paintings have been shown in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Seattle and Vancouver.