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."

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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

'Millennial pink' meets art in 'Symmetry Breaking' exhibit at Marylhurst. Review by Briana Miller for the Oregonian/OregonLive

'Millennial pink' meets art in 'Symmetry Breaking' exhibit at Marylhurst. Review by Briana Miller.

"Pink is having a moment. From the ubiquitousness of Millennial pink across the design world to the pink knit “pussy hats” that became the symbol of the Women’s March on Washington in January, the color has seeped into the collective cultural consciousness.

So it may not be surprising that “Symmetry Breaking,” a group show of mostly new work by eight Pacific Northwest artists that opened this month at Marylhurst University’s Art Gym, seems to have a rosy cast. But, as is the case with the pink hats and even with Millennial pink, there’s an underlying seriousness to the work in this exhibition, which was curated by Blake Shell and launches the gallery’s 2017-2018 exhibition season.

Emily Nachison’s “Pony Girl (1)” continues this theme. Sitting jauntily in the center of the gallery, its lavender leather tack and flowing white “mane” evoke the candy-colored hues of My Little Pony toys. But the leather, which has been stretched and sewn over a heavy length of rope, is studded with dozens of silver piercing studs, lending it a subversive air."

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Glass Alliance of Northern California Lecture, October 28, 2017

Lecture at the Glass Alliance of Northern California.

The Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of the glass arts in Northern California. GLANC's goal is to provide useful information to artists, collectors and students and promote glass art events in the Bay Area.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:00pm 

Bullseye Glass
4514 Hollis Street
Emeryville, California

Symmetry Breaking Exhibition, Art Gym, Marylhurst University

The Art Gym presents 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. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 pm on October 1, 2017. An accompanying catalog, designed by Sibley House, will be released on December 10, 2017.

Since 1980, the Art Gym has been recognized as a venue that exhibits some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of the contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement. The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious, risk-taking projects at key stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue, we are dedicated to making knowledge accessible and committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The Art Gym’s catalogs continue to be among the greatest records of Pacific Northwest contemporary art, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region. 

Exhibition Dates: October 3 - December 10, 2017 (Closed Nov 10 - 11 and Nov 23 - 27)

Opening Reception: Oct 1, 2017 from 4-6pm

Catalog Release and Closing Event: Dec 10, 2017 from 4-6pm

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

Artist Lecture at Bullseye Projects September 23, 2017

Please join me at Bullseye Projects on Saturday, September 23rd. I will be giving a lecture on my recent body of work as part of the closing reception for the "Transformations" exhibition. "Transformations" explores personal, natural, and metaphysical change; featuring work by Ligia Bouton, Kate Clements, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa. "Transformations" is on view June 21 - September 30.

Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 USA

Permeable Structure Exhibition Catalog on Issuu

The Permeable Structures exhibition catalog is now available to view on Issuu. The catalog documents the inaugural exhibition at the Byre, a new exhibition space located in northern Scotland. Permeable Structure brings together the work of Silvia Levenson, Emily Nachison, Michael Rogers, and Karlyn Sutherland. The exhibition draws from the landscape, deep history, and culture of Caithness, the northernmost county in Scotland. The catalog includes essays by: Tina Oldknow, retired senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass (2000–2015); Lani McGregor, Director, Bullseye Projects and Partner, Bullseye Glass Co.; and Michael Endo, Curator, Bullseye Projects. 2017, perfect bound, 32 pages, color.

Transformations Exhibition, Bullseye Projects

Bullseye Projects presents a group exhibition exploring themes of personal, natural, and metaphysical change. Transformations will be on view June 21 – September 30, 2017 and will open in conjunction with BECon 2017, Bullseye Glass Company’s biennial conference. Transformations features the work of artists Ligia Bouton, Kate Clements, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Mysterious in its creation, common in its application, and utopian in visions of the future, glass is rife with cultural, scientific, and metaphysical meaning. The glass we encounter is largely comprised of sand, soda ash, lime, and metallic oxides. These minerals are combined, melted and then cooled into a myriad of forms. The recipe is millennia old, but retains much of the magic that likely accompanied its first discovery. Sand is transformed into glass; it is a transformation that borders on the alchemical. A common material is made into something new with unique qualities that require a new category of matter: amorphous solid. Artists Ligia Bouton (New Mexico), Kate Clements (Pennsylvania), Emily Counts (Washington), Emily Nachison (Oregon), and Judy Tuwaletstiwa (New Mexico), approach glass from diverse perspectives, but it is transformation – be it through meditations on mortality, adolescence, fantasty, or the spiritual - that draws them to this material and connects their work.

Ligia Bouton’s Table Conversation (2016) is an excerpt from a larger installation entitled The Cage Went in Search of a Bird, which imagined a discussion between Franz Kafka and Emily Bronte, both of whom were diagnosed with turburculosis. A blown glass belljar, containing a cast glass face, is connected via rubber and glass tubing to a mask – mouth to mouth – in a form of reciprocal respiration. Bouton says that the works “…explore how the body reflects the climate of the soul or indeed how the soul might communicate with a body under siege.” Kate Clements similarly addresses bodily death. Kate Clements’ Beloved (2016) is comprised of a glass vivarium on painted legs holds discarded floral arrangements from funeral services. The decay of the cut bloom, a frequent symbol in Dutch “vanitas” paintings from the 18th century, is a dissolution mimicking the inevitable transformation of our own bodies.

In their recent work, Emily Counts and Emily Nachison are both exploring the idea of hidden stories, which are manifest through references to mythology, fantasy, the body, and occult symbolism. In Emily Counts’ Future Connect and Bind (2016), a bronze mound, embossed with inscrutable symbols, is connected via a jagged and irregular chain to a flesh-colored, dripping cone made of cast glass. To Counts, each material and individual element is a “marker of time” and an “aesthetic impulse.” Strung together they form a narrative that reflects her interest in “…connectivity and fluidity in biology, technology, and sexuality.” Similarly, Emily Nachison combines a variety of materials, drawing on their cultural and historic associations, in sculptures that touch on our desire to mythologize the world. In this new body of work, Nachison refers to adolescence, sexuality, and fantasy. Tween Dream (2017), a cast glass pony head, emblazoned with glass earrings common to 90’s mall piercing kiosks, speaks to desire and disappointment. Its companion piece Pony Girl (2017), a hanging sculpture of leather, thick rope, and cast glass, references a bridle while silmultaneously recalling bondage accoutrements. Together they mark a threshold between youth and adult fantasy.

In 2012, Judy Tuwaletstiwa began a residency at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Santa Fe. This was the beginning of a months long journey, mixing fine glass powders to create subtle color variations. These colors, lightly tack-fused into amorphous wafers, have become both paint and brushstroke in Tuwaletstiwa’s large abstract composition. 2 (ruah.old) (2016) is made of small black, red, and orange wafers attached in visually udulating groupings on a field of black stained stretched canvas, recalling reptile scales, stone, or smouldering embers. These associations play out throughout her works, which often refer back to the written word. In her 2016 book, Glass, Tuwaletstiwa explains that the body of work entitled ruah – Hebrew for wind, breath, spirit – are in reference to the 1989 Edmond Jabès book Das Buch der Fragen. “In [the book], Jabès questions God and man, seeking language to express the unspeakable in the face of the Holocaust.” The works are “…responses, not answers, to the silent question that Das Buch der Fragen asks.”

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 USA

American Craft Council Lecture: Objects and Installations: The Work and Residencies of Emily Nachison, May 10, 2017

American Craft Council Library Salon Series Lecture Objects and Installations: The Work and Residencies of Emily Nachison

Through sculptural objects and installation, artist Emily Nachison investigates the use of story, symbols, and materiality to mythologize natural phenomena, escapism, and the desire for secret knowledge. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, Bullseye Projects invited her to participate in residencies at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Working in response to the unique landscape and architecture of Caithness, Scotland, Nachison created a series of projects for the Byre, a new Bullseye Projects exhibition space in Latheronwheel, Scotland. Nachison will discuss her recent residencies and exhibition.

The Library Salon Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm, 2017

1224 Marshall St. NE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413