Emily Loughlin is our Winter '24 Artist in Residence.
Alternating between references to topography and organic materials, Emily’s sculptures examine the interplay between geology and biology, shifting between their vastly different time scales. With clay as her primary medium, she uses firing temperature to manipulate the work’s longevity, making topographies and landscapes “temporary” through raw clay and bisque firing, and organic forms “permanent” through high-fire vitrification. Her focus on biological organisms that are both colonies and colonizers of their respective environments – such as the 106-acre Pando Aspen Clone - aims to visualize the generative forces present in nature, and to contextualize humanity’s near-complete colonization of our environment.
Emily Loughlin's exhibition at Keepsake Gallery will open in March 2024.