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