Immaterial: Artist Lecture + Workshop March 23, 2019

In conjunction with her solo exhibition Immaterial, Emily Endo will present an artist lecture discussing her recent sculptural and aromatic work on March 23rd. 

The lecture will be followed by a corresponding workshop investigating the use and production of scent in the ancient world. Each workshop participant will make their own perfume. 

Lecture 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Both events are free and open to the public; workshop space is limited, RSVP required

Exhibition and event funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

RSVP by  email  

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97209

Immaterial, Bullseye Projects, Portland, OR, March 16 - June 1, 2019

Bullseye Projects presents a solo exhibition by Emily Endo, exploring the body, fluidity, purification, and beauty. Immaterial will be on view March 16 - June 1, 2019. Join the artist for the opening reception, Saturday, March 16, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m

Immaterial, Emily Endo's second solo exhibition at Bullseye Projects, continues the artist's interest in the intersection between science and mysticism. This intersection manifests in the myriad myths and stories that have historically been used to explain natural phenomena. In her previous work, Endo turned her attention to outward change, the transformation of the environment in particular. For Immaterial, Endo looks inward, incorporating the female form and elements of body modification, referencing both the inevitable change of the self through time and yearning for metamorphosis and transcendence.

Water Baby (Fountain) (2018), consists of a hollow, transparent cast-glass female bust. Vibrant blue liquid dribbles out of the mouth of the figure, pooling in the base from which the form emerges. The colored, lightly scented, liquid transmits an ethereal glow through the glass and onto the shining platinum blond hair that frames the face and cascades down the back of the pedestal. "In my recent work," says Endo, "the fragmented body, beautification, and corporeal self-expression intersect with fantasy and idealized representations of the female body, creating references to ancient and modern rituals of purification as a means to simultaneously celebrate the body and transcend its materiality."

Immaterial is an extension of Endo's recent exhibition Water Baby; both exhibitions were funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97209


Upcoming Workshop: Pilchuck Glass School June 2019

This summer I will be teaching a week-long workshop at Pilchuck Glass School in Standwood, Washington.

Applications for scholarship, priority placement, and are due February 1, 2019. Student applications accepted until course is filled. Learn more about applying here.

Immaterial: Scent and Hollow Cast Forms

“Perfume straddles the line between the tangible and intangible, the earthly and the ethereal, the real and the magical.” – Mandy Aftel 

Fusing glass casting with history and sensory exploration, this course will examine the ethereal, fluid, and transparent qualities of glass and perfume; two properties that have been intertwined since their inception in ancient Mesopotamia. Students will be introduced to hollow-core casting and will use plant extractions and distillation to create their own individual scent. Each student will leave with a one-of-a-kind cast-glass vessel and a corresponding perfume.

Class is open to all skill levels.
Instructors: Emily Endo and Michael Endo
Summer Session 1: Medium Matters
Dates: June 7 - 14, 2019
Techniques: Glass Casting, Hollow-Core Casting, Lost-Wax Casting, Distillation, Natural Perfumery

Pilchuck Glass School
1201-316th St NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

Water Baby, Dust to Dust, Portland, OR, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Dust to Dust presents Water Baby, a solo exhibition from Emily Endo. Inspired by watery dreamscapes, classical sculpture, and cartoon color palettes, Emily Endo’s newest body of work combines seashells, wax, water fountains, sound, and glass to create sensory experiences that invoke fantasy and beauty as pathways to bodily transformation. Water Baby is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council

Building on her past works that explored the relationship between myth-making and natural transformation and her most recent collaborative exhibition, Liquid Nails, which used female self-care as a focal point to emphasize the tension between beauty and toxicity, Water Baby investigates the transformation of the body viewed through the fluidity of water and the fantastic lens of female adolescence.

Bathers (2018) consists of layered digital prints on fabric depicting abstracted bathers as if spied on through a waterfall. Drawn from the “Pastoral Symphony” portion of Disney’s Fantasia (1940), Bathers, in addition to the eponymous Silly Symphonies cartoon, combines Endo’s interest in nature, myth, and cartoon depictions of self-care.

These interests are also brought together in Singing Shell (2018), a conch shell that when listened to projects “Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals rather than the whooshing sound that is sometimes thought of as the ocean. This use of natural objects as a surrogate for modern technology is a hallmark of cartoons.

Dust to Dust
3636 N Mississippi Ave.
Portland, Oregon, 97227


Take 5: Open Studios at Helms Bakery, Los Angeles, CA, November 8, 2018

Take 5 is a public event series bringing together creative innovators in their field, building a community across disciplines. Take 5: Open Studios brings together creative practitioners across the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:00pm – 9:45pm

Helms Bakery
8745 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Event is free and open to the public.
Register online at:

Bellevue Arts Museum Glass Biennial, November 9 - April 14, 2018

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. Every two years, Bellevue Arts Museum has designated a new focus of exploration. The fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic, will be focused on glass.

With Seattle being the undisputed center for the development of glass as an art form in North America, it was natural that this medium should have been selected to culminate the Museum's series of purely media-based biennials. In the future, BAM Biennials will be opened to more general themes or techniques in the fields of art, craft, and design.

The simplicity of its composition, the complexity of its production, the many forms it can take—blown, cast, frit, stained—as well as its many uses, from the stained-glass of a medieval cathedral to the modernist skyscraper, from the Venetian goblet to the IKEA tealight, attest to the fact that glass is a paradoxical material, that has inspired the artists of the Northwest for generations.

The Museum called upon Northwest artists, craftsmen, designers, and makers of all kinds working in the medium of glass to join us for a celebration around this most essential of media. 49 artists were selected to participate.

Participating Artists
Fumi Amano, Jimmy Anderegg, Karen Buhler, David Chatt, Bri Chesler, Benjamin Cobb, Julie Conway, Emily Counts, Erin Dengerink, Mark Ditzier, Emily Endo, Gabe Feenan, David Francis, Dan Friday, Terri Grant, KT Hancock, Keiko Hara, Carolyn Hopkins, David Huchthausen, Etsuko Ishikawa, Carrie Iverson, John Kiley, Steve Klein, Morgan Madison, Amanda Manitach, Dante Marioni, Katie Miller, Carol Milne, Janis Miltenberger, Melissa Misoda, Anna Mlasowsky, Shelley Muzylowski-Allen, Karsten Oaks, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Kait Rhoads, Joseph Rossano & Martin Blank, Nathan Sandberg, Heidi Schwegler, Ethan Stern, April Surrend, Lino Tagliapietra, Kathryn Thibault, Happy Thompson, Michael Tyra, Dick Weiss, Erich Toll, Mark Zirpel

Tina Aufiero, Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School, WA / Lucile Chich, Assistant Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Benedict Heywood, Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Andrew Page, Chief Editor, Glass Quarterly, NY / Susan Warner, Executive Director, Vashon Center for the Arts, WA

BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lucile Chich and Benedict Heywood. The exhibition is made possible with support from Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and 4Culture.

Exhibition Dates:
November 9 - April 14, 2018

Museum Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: Closed 
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Free First Friday: 11am – 8pm

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

I Say: "RADICAL!" You Say: "FEMINIST!", Archer Gallery, Vancouver, Washington, September 25, 2018

A celebration of diverse expressions of gender, identity, and the human body.

September 25, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Closing reception Tuesday, November 6th, 2pm - 4pm

The exhibition “I say: “RADICAL! You say: “FEMINIST!” is a celebration of diverse expressions of gender, identity, and the human body. The title suggests the call and response of a protest chant, referencing  activism and the urgency of these times. At a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars, the show will investigate themes of inclusion and pride, as well as persecution and the ever-present threats to non-dominant identities. Ultimately, the show aims to honor individual expression, freedom, and the universal human rights for respect, dignity, and well-being.

Artists: Roz Crews, Kelly Bjork, Wynde Dyer, Emily Endo, Alexa Feeney, Klara Glosova, Junko Iijima, Tyler Mackie, Victor Maldonado, Patricia Melton, Matthew Offenbacher, Alyson Provax, Kelly Rauer, Maggie Sasso, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Ann Leda Shapiro, Naomi Shersty, Alisa Sikelianos, Anthony Sonnenberg, Alexander Wurts

Archer Gallery, Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Frontrunner Magazine Interview

I was recently interviewed by Loren Nosan at Frontrunner Magazine

"Emily Nachison’s works in cast glass and mixed media do not shy away from the seductive power of beauty. Inspired by the natural world, material processes, and a fairy-dusting of mysticism, the ethereal objects she creates seem to hover between our world and some fantastical realm just beyond it. Part of their lustrous glow comes from the use of cast glass, a material with a milky luminescence that heightens the magical associations that her favored imagery evokes. More recent works hint at an edgier side through the inclusion of brass piercing studs and leather, but in Nachison’s hands, these materials contribute a sense of pathos and yearning rather than darkness."

Read full interview here:

2018 RACC Grant Recipient

I am honored to be included in this year's list of Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipients.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, arts organizations, and artistic projects in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. For more information visit

Liquid Nails, Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, CA, July 13, 2018

Liquid Nails
July 13 - July 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 2018 6pm -9pm

Elephant is pleased to present Liquid Nails, a collaborative exhibition by Martha Mysko and Emily Endo. Liquid Nails will be on view from July 13 through July 29, with an opening reception July 13, 6-9 PM. Gallery hours Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 PM, and by appointment.

Seashells, candles, hair gel, oversized perfume bottles, custom-printed beach towels, fountains, and teenage paraphernalia are collaged together to create a liminal environment inspired by dreamscapes, cheap beauty products, cartoon color palettes, google image searches, and low-budget film sets. The resulting work creates both tension and fluidity between tactility, desire, toxicity, beauty, illusion, mystery, revulsion, and disappointment.

With a heart-shaped tub at its center, the exhibition gives form to an ongoing exchange of dialogue and imagery between the two artists, melding their seemingly divergent processes and practices into a cohesive exhibition and critical investigation into consumption and reverie.

Martha Mysko builds fractured narratives using both abstract and representational languages. Creating temporary, color-saturated installations, she works fluidly between the physical and the digital. She finds potential in second-hand items and in kitsch--avoiding nostalgia and questioning conceptions of taste and value. Cultural and personal associations tied to objects and materials are disrupted through formal play, and her explorations of painterly space. Martha lives and works in Pontiac, MI in Metro Detroit.

Emily Endo creates mixed-media sculpture that pulls from the disparate, yet conjoined, histories of science and mysticism. Predominantly comprised of cast glass and natural materials such as leather and hair, the sculptures and installations reference the practice of mythologization as a means of explaining natural phenomena and wish-fulfillment. Recent work uses this as a starting point to explore adolescent fantasy and false promises. Emily lives and works in Joshua Tree, California and Portland, Oregon.

Elephant Art Space
3325 Division Street
Los Angeles, California 90065
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm and by appointment


DUST TO DUST Launches January 2018

This January I am launching a new curatorial project titled DUST TO DUST. Located inside of an independent record label and vintage clothing store, DUST TO DUST mounts curated exhibitions that take a non-hierarchical view of material and method. DUST TO DUST's curatorial program promotes playful and critical dialogue.

DUST TO DUST is located at 3636 N Mississippi Ave Portland, Oregon 97227.

Symmetry Breaking Exhibition Catalog

Symmetry Breaking catalog now available through Marylhurst University. Symmetry Breaking, featuring eight contemporary visual artists from the Pacific Northwest: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison, and Jane Schiffhauer. This exhibition, curated by Blake Shell, showcases the work of artists who engage or intersect with craft materials or processes. The accompanying catalog was designed by Sibley House and features an essay by Sarah Margolis-Pineo.

Catalogs are available here:


Symmetry Breaking Exhibition Closing Reception and Catalog Release, December 10, 2017

Please join us at the Art Gym for the closing reception and catalog release for Symmetry BreakingSymmetry Breaking, featuring eight contemporary visual artists from the Pacific Northwest: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison, and Jane Schiffhauer. This exhibition, curated by Blake Shell, showcases the work of artists who engage or intersect with craft materials or processes. The accompanying catalog, designed by Sibley House, will be released on December 10, 2017. Catalog essay by Sarah Margolis-Pineo.

December 10, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00pm 

Art Gym
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261

Art Gym Artist Talk and Panel Discussion, November 20, 2017 

Please join us for a gallery talk with exhibiting artists from Symmetry Breaking. Curator Blake Shell will participate in a conversation with artists Jovencio de la Paz, Anya Kivarkis, and Emily Nachison about their work as it intersects with craft materials or processes. 

Monday, November 20 at 2:00pm.

Art Gym
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center Auction, November 18, 2017

This year I will be donating work to "Art First" the annual Disjecta Contemporary Art Center auction. 

Auction proceeds assist Disjecta to continue providing the community with contemporary visual art free public programming. Your ticket to Art First gets you into a great party filled with lively people, free food and drink. Disjecta is partnering with organizations to allow at-risk youth interested in art to attend our auction. p:ear will provide tickets to homeless and transitional young people and Latino Network will give tickets to Latinx youth. If you can’t attend the auction (or even if you can and would like to extend your support): just purchase a “give-back ticket”. The ticket will be passed along to a young art enthusiast. 

Saturday November  18, 2017
6:00pm - Member preview & champagne toast, Buy-it-now sections open
7:00pm - Check-in
8:30pm - Live auction
10:00pm - After-party (cash bar) Location TBA

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217