em16 emily north
Narratives inspired by childhood fantasy and fragmented memories shape my artwork. I am influenced by a broad range of material, including historical painting, traditional women’s crafts, documentary photographs, fantastical images from children’s fairy tails, and contemporary visual culture such as comic books, graphic design and film. Personal and political identity are at the forefront of my work and I am often inspired by the ideas and images of queer, female and minority artists. Writing and narrative are central to my visual practice and my visual works emerge from writings referencing critical moments of desire and loss. I emphasize collaborative practice in my work: large-scale drawings are experienced physically by viewers, wall text is added by gallery visitors and I participate in frequent collaborations with artists in my community.
emily north, also known as em16, is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She uses familiar materials to create large-scale fantastical drawings and videos that explore identity, memory and imaginative play. emily earned her MFA from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the arts in 2009, her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2001, and her BA from Eugene Lang College (The New School) in 2001. In 2003, she founded riffRAG, a feminist art magazine, and curated related art exhibitions in New York from 2003-2007. emily’s work has been exhibited internationally in film festivals and galleries, including Leslie Lohman Gallery, Artists Space, Longwood Gallery, SF Arts Commission, Queens Museum of Art, New Fest and Brooklyn Borough Hall Galleria. She has served as a panelist at the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum and at Sarah Lawrence College.