Get to Know Forever Young Exhibiting Artist Emily Brodick
by Kimberly Thompson Panay | September 12, 2017
How long have you been making art in this style?
I have been making crocheted and knitted works since 2013 when I decided to explore crochet as a form of art making during my senior year at Hampshire College. This piece was actually part of the series I made during that year for my thesis show. For that series in particular, I was thinking a lot about how textiles are seen as feminine because of their history and how that can still cause people to have biases against it as a medium.
Who are your influences?
My two biggest influences are Yayoi Kusama and Nick Cave. I love their senses of color, patterning, texture and scale. I am very inspired by how their work can overwhelm all of your senses. I have also really been influenced by feminist art of the 60s-70s by artists such as Judy Chicago, Harmony Hammond and others. My more recent influences come from social media, especially Instagram. I have been introduced to so many different artists and crafters through it.
Where do you create your work?
Up until recently, I was splitting a lot of my working time between my home and my studio. Then in April I had a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and then June-July I had another residency at Gallery 263 in Cambridge and I fell out of the habit of making work at home. I just recently ended my time at Joy Street, which is where I had my studio for over two years. So, as of now, I am currently looking for a new place to make my works and start a new practice, which is exciting!
Do you listen to music when working and if so, what type/who?
I constantly listen to music when I am working. If I am crocheting, knitting, spinning yarn or doing anything repetitive or meditative, I listen to very calming music such as downtempo electronic music. I love Bonobo and Gramatik, and older stuff too like Portishead and Sneaker Pimps. If I am on my feet and installing, I really like to listen to Funk. I love Earth Wind and Fire, and Jackson 5. Basically, anything I can dance to while I am working is good with me!
Do you have a favorite piece of art you’ve created or project you’ve worked on and why?
I definitely do not have a favorite piece but I feel, like many artists, most connected with my most recent work. The work I made over the summer was very different from my previous work in that I did not use any knitting or crocheted elements. I think overall though, the work is still very obviously mine and very related aesthetically and conceptually to my previous work. Now that I have been making art for a few years I feel like my work is starting to form a real timeline, which is very interesting to me. So, I guess you could say that my favorite project is the overall and ongoing project: the interconnectedness of all the work that will continue to grow and translate to new forms and ideas.
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