Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Featured Artist: Emily Rapport

Featured Artist: Emily Rapport
Artist Statement

I depict scenes of daily life that reflect a distinctly American experience: El tracks, store windows, fast food drive-thrus, houses and people. Painting is an active mediation on the symbols
and experiences that connect us.

My work is representational, but the “feel” of the thing is more important to me than trying to create an exacting drawing. I enjoy working with the details of rust, wet streets, graffiti – broken down things have character, show proof of use and history. I am looking for something that tells a larger story and to imbue may be considered mundane scenes with an element of the sublime.

Emily Rapport studied painting at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York (94-95), and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Emily is actively involved in the Chicago arts community – she is the volunteer web designer/administrator for the Cornelia Arts Building ( and is the former Executive Director of the Ravenswood ArtWalk (2006-2007). In 2011, Emily received the “Ravenswood Arts Advocate Award” for her work championing the arts in the Ravenswood and Chicago area. She was interviewed in the  Neoteric Art blog and you can read the article here: Interview with Emily Rapport. Emily’s work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Amsterdam.

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