Artist StatementMy drawings and paintings present a series of disorienting and claustrophobic environments in which fictional characters engage in bizarre actions and rituals. In these dystopic scenes, new civilizations are imagined with inhabitants who delve in hedonism with an enthusiasm regardless of the dysfunctional backdrop in which they live in. The ongoing non-linear narrative in my work documents the experiences of bands of travelers as they explore new frontiers. These fictitious individuals venture through unknown and threatening lands in hopes of starting anew, seeking to make various discoveries, or simply escaping a troubled past. I depict the social experiments, unusual rituals, and natural wonders that are discovered and developed along the way. The imagery for my work is collected from botanical illustrations, sci-fi imagery, and appropriated ancient myths.
Emily Campbell is a visual artist and educator working in Baltimore MD. Campbell holds an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in visual arts from Mercyhurst University. She has participated in several residencies including Can Serrat in Spain, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Vermont Studio Center and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Her most recent solo exhibition was with the ICA Baltimore in the summer of 2015. Her drawings and paintings feature a series of dystopic environments in which fictional characters engage in arousing, terrifying and comical rituals and actions.