MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2015
Artist StatementMy interests are in the sublime nature of vision and the structure of compositional elements. The confining of a scene to a rhythmic structured order, similar to a stanza of music. A harmony of natural elements. In this body of work, I embrace the artifice of using multiple vantage points, composited together to defeat the limitations of perspective. In this way, I create a sort of photographic scroll of time, revealing not time elapsing, but form unfolding. I am attempting to challenge photography in order to reveal structure and the essence of perception. The extreme aspect ratio of the photographs allows me to expose the continuous way we perceive our environments extending beyond the limitations of the single vantage point.
David Emerick was born in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. At the age of 10 his family moved to Singapore for 5 years and each year his family travelled back to the states through different routes, he started photographing at the age of 11, it was this cultural buffet that formed his diverse vision. He finished High School in Upstate New York then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Kentucky and Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Nebraska. He has taught photography at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institution, Northern Virginia Community College, and St. Mary's College of Maryland. His work has been widely collected.
David currently lives in Lusby, Maryland.