EMILY BOWEN



Contrapposto 1, 2019. Screen print. 14.5 × 11.5 in.
Columns, 2020. Monotype. 9 × 8 in.
Float, 2020. Etching. 11.75 × 8.5 in.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”—Auguste Rodin

My body of work comes from a very personal place: from my deep connection to my family, from the comfort I find in all places I call home, and from my need to capture and honor the memories of my past. I am drawn to art-making as a way to express my gratitude for what I hold precious. The work I create is inspired by the beauty and comfort I have found around me throughout my life.

When I began printmaking, I found that it was the perfect medium to translate these themes into physical images. I start with photos that represent family, or home, or memory, and either build on or re-create them. Through the lengthy process of printing, I spend a lot of time with an image. This allows me to build meaningful relationships with each work. I have mainly been working in screen printing and monotype. Screen printing allows me to depict fine detail, which in turn helps me capture moments with great clarity. The process of monotype, on the other hand, involves more collaboration with the press. I am able to paint the image in my own style and then let the press impact the outcome and atmosphere in its own way. In this way, I combine my own artistic language with the language of printing.

Through the use of printmaking, I honor the past by re-creation, and distill the gratitude and joy for the life I have led into images and artifacts of beauty.