Emily Halpern Artist Statement

 

These resin pieces are reinterpretations my larger paintings. They are layers of mixed media, oil paint and resin, mounted on wood panel. My work maps my inner world and is a combination of abstract and representational images, featuring bold colors and symbols, expressing a full range of moods. The content is drawn from incidents in my personal life and my reactions to contemporary events in the world. My goal is to create “nowhere” spaces with an absence of horizon lines and populated by what psychoanalyst Carl Jung referred to as archetypal imagery such as rocks, ladders, and snakes. My process seeks to open the locked door of the unconscious through methods suggested by Surrealism.  The darkly humorous overtones and polished surfaces are non-narrative and leave gaps for viewers to fill in, as a springboard for their own imaginations.