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Emily Somoskey

County: Walla Walla County




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Emily Somoskey (b. 1991) is a 2-D mixed media artist and painter based in Walla Walla, WA. Her work explores the complexity and ever-changing nature of perception through the layered use of oil paint and collaged photographic imagery. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most recently at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA and The Painting Center in New York, NY. She pursued a BA in Art Education/Painting at The University of Akron in Akron, OH and her MFA at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. Emily is currently teaching painting and drawing as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College.

Emily’s mixed-media paintings use a balance between representation and abstraction to explore the ways we simultaneously experience physical and mental space. Using the disparate mediums of painting and collage, she creates a complex and nuanced language that weaves together moments of clarity and ambiguity. Through her work she references the shifting and overlapping nature of our experience with the sensate and psychological realms; giving form to the complexity, instability, and enigmatic nature of our lived experiences.

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