CountyAnne Arundel County
Artist StatementWhat is the function of painting in the collective effort to communicate? Buried under pieces of symbols, lacking standardized rules of grammar, the message in a painting would hide but for our instinct to endow patterns with meaning. What is the relationship between painting and other expressions?
In rare circumstances, science, art, and spirituality can merge into a complete inspiration. Local artist Emily Chimiak explores the overlapping areas of her inspiration. As a trained chemical engineer and painter, she possesses both artistic intuition filtered through a keen, analytical mind. Her abstract style focuses on the process of painting. She claims that the question underlying her work asks, what the function of painting is compared to other forms of expression such as speech or music? Emily graduated from University of Maryland at College Park where she studied both Chemical Engineering and Fine Arts. During her college years, she also studied with Les Helenes, an artisan community in Valleries, France. Her artwork has been exposed in Stylus: UMCP’s leading art magazine, 2009 New Art International, the West Gallery (University of Maryland: College Park), auctions for Engineers Without Borders, Adaptation Art (Philadelphia, PA), and at DEKKA (Washington, DC). She is currently working in collaboration with her sister, Elle Chimiak who is a fellow chemistry student and a writer. The two study the process of communication by forming dialogues between paintings and poetry.