I am drawn to the relationship between the animal and its changing environment. The rise of industry and technology have altered our native landscapes and redefined the relationships forged between humans and animals. My paintings are paired with objects that are distinctly human, illustrating the bond of the animal’s life with our own. My sculpted animals are realistic and anatomically correct. I construct them with materials and techniques that have historical and cultural significance, using the medium and form to demonstrate the source of impact to the animal’s life. I leave the play between the materials and subject open to interpretation, inviting audiences to reflect on the consequences of human industry and innovation on our natural world, and our relationship to it.
Emily White was born in 1987 in Brockton, MA. White received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA) with a focus in sculpture. White has received awards including the Wind Challenge (Fleisher Art Memorial- Philadelphia, PA) and the Helen Blair Crosbie Sculpture Award (Massachusetts College of Art and Design – Boston, MA). She was nominated for the International Sculpture Center’s outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for two consecutive years. She has had solo exhibitions at View (Old Forge, NY) and Penn State Altoona (Altoona, PA). Emily White has had sculpture displayed in public spaces such as The Philadelphia Flower Show (Philadelphia, PA), the Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia, PA), and the Massachusetts Transportation Building (Boston, MA). White’s work has been in group exhibitions in the US and abroad including shows at The Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), The Philadelphia Art Alliance (Philadelphia, PA), James Oliver Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), The Royal Castle (Warsaw, Poland), City Hall (Philadelphia, PA), Pterodactyl (Philadelphia, PA), Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Solomons, MD), and Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA). White has been featured in publications such as Textile Fiber Forum Magazine (Neroli Henderson), Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals (Ashley Rooney), and The Whitefish Review. Emily White now lives in Philadelphia and works as an assistant artist for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
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