Thesis: Alexandra Emberley

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses 2014.

The following images are from Alexandra Emberly‘s MFA exhibition, Fur Stories [ you are not wild enough for me ], at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Here is a brief statement…

“Fur Stories [ you are not wild enough for me ]” was about working with existing materials and narratives to generate new perspectives on familiar myths and representations of the animal. Fur possesses an evocative presence yet its meaning(s) are deeply embedded in human histories where materiality, human desire and animal bodies become enfolded in one another: the myth of a man transformed into a stag who is then devoured by his own hunting dogs, medieval tapestries depicting rituals of the hunt and courting, a jar of dead bees given to me by a beekeeper when one of his hives was destroyed by wasps, a tea cup covered with fur, a 3D deer printed from a computer model.  In “Fur Stories”, fur became a method, a way of reclaiming or opening up the possibility for new readings through tactility and hapticity.  The work was also an attempt to explore how print and art making processes interfere with my own desires and intentions for authorship.

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2 Responses to “Thesis: Alexandra Emberley”

  1. Good morning Alexandra,

    I wish to have had the privilege of seeing your work in real time – fascinating – I was wondering if some of the printed or photo based work deals with embroidery in some small fashion?

    Looking forward to seeing more and keeping in touch.

    Aganetha Dyck in Winnipeg.

  2. Dear Aganetha,
    The stitch became an inspiration for marking-making in the etchings as well as for thinking about creating links and connections between different subjectivities/points of view.

    Thanks so much for the comment and observations!

    Alexandra