Emilee Lord is a visual and performing artist who combines her love of language, her experiential movement practice and the seductive and absurd nature of repetition to create quiet, sparse, and often odd works on paper, installations, and multimedia performances. Her current research explores ideas of place or placelessness, mapping, solitude, and stillness. Lord was born in Lancaster, PA in 1982 after which her family relocated to northern Maine. Her aesthetic is heavily influenced by the windswept snow bound landscapes of her childhood. She received her BA from Bennington College, in sculpture and dance – 2004 and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art – 2007. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel Artist Residency, and SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lord has been a visiting artist / professor at Bard College Early High School, Newark, NJ, Caldwell University, and Pratt Institute of Art. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Santa Fe, New York, Philadelphia, Reykjavik, and Toronto. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
My process is analogue / off grid. It is also often word based and list oriented. I have made a list of what happens in the studio. I can generate a sentence with any word from each 3 sections and it remains true of what I do… I use – paper, charcoal, pencils, pens, dust, gel medium, ink, movement, wind, thread, wire, collected objects like pine needles or grass or broken glasses, spools, thimbles, wood, fabric, rope, water… To – organize, build, collect, conceal, arrange, uplift, change, delineate, fill, frame, react to, trace, pile, excavate, define, repeat, gesture… A(n) / In / On – surface, environment, wall, page, my body. I am deeply engaged in ideas of abstraction, action, and repetition. I have worked as a weaver most of my life, and through this I tend towards repetition and the multiple; evolving it into an active mark-making. I push into the patience required to allow things to unfold, deteriorate, or expand. I have been working, writing, and thinking that the mundane actions we take are in fact the highest ritual, the truest religion. I am interested in repetition, and plainness, and the extent to which this ritual can become a prayer of the collective unconscious. We are verbs, then, producing meaning. I ask myself where my meaning is produced and see if there might be a dark, gorgeous, clean, funny, violent, absurd, gentle answer. A human answer.
My 3 month residency stay at SFAI happened at a critical time for me a few years after grad school. I had a selection of ideas I new mattered and needed the time and space to digest them. It has been, not only, the studio time I had there, but the connections I made there that continue to fuel my practice.