In my sculptural and installation work I use glass, sensory experience, natural materials, and found objects. I am drawn to the disparate, yet conjoined, histories of science and mysticism and the ways this combination manifests in the mythologization of natural phenomena, metamorphosis in particular.
Water, the human body, and transformation are central themes within my practice. My recent work explores the relationship between these elements by representing the body as a translucent and permeable membrane. In this work, the fragmented body, beautification, and corporeal self-expression intersect with fantasy and idealized representations of the female body, creating references to ancient and modern ritual purification as a means to simultaneously celebrate the body and transcend its materiality. For me, the transformation into and absorption of the ephemeral speaks to the yearning to connect to the universe and escape from the trappings of a body that at times is alien to myself.
Emily Endo (née Nachison) was born in San Diego, California in 1984. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. She has been included in exhibitions across the country at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), New Mexico State University Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), and University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary (Reno, NV). In 2018 she was awarded a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland, Oregon). Endo was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Artist Residency (Wassaic, NY) and the Kutztown University Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery (Kutztown, PA) in 2016. She has lectured at the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI), and School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Frontrunner Magazine, and Bad at Sports. From 2013-2018 Endo served as Lead Faculty and Fibers Department Chair at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (Portland, OR). She is currently the co-director of Dust to Dust gallery and the High Desert Observatory. Endo lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA.
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