Emily Rutledge


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Artist Statement:

Although I grew up in a small Southern town, I’ve always felt most alive in a city. I am inspired by the haphazard visual fabric. Mangled handbills and posters form accidental collages. Tattered logos, text, and color collide. Marker tags and graffiti give a voice to those lacking one. Fragments of faces on torn scraps hint at the impermanence of life.

In my work I have become interested in how the impermanence of street art reflects a similar impermanence in our lives. I work intuitively combining wax with scavenged wheat posters and image transfers. Because the wax hardens quickly, I find it an interesting juxtaposition to the impermanence of the street scene.