I am drawn to discarded materials imbued with a certain history. The physiological characteristics of these objects are associated with their origin. I am compelled to re-manufacture objects in new iterations, stripping down and recombining found forms to construct new spaces. These spaces evoke the structures that support and challenge human life, architecture, technology, weather, landscape. I shape, cast, augment and form materials to model a space that is neither entirely of the past or of the future. My work physically manifests my need to touch my way through space and time, to reformulate the past(some of it very recent) as a complex visual story, to let the materials speak in a new arrangement.
Emily Henretta recently received her MFA from Columbia University and is currently living and working in New York. She is interested in the processes of material discovery and assemblage. Her process unmakes everyday objects into formal sculptures, prints, drawings and installations. She is interested in the construction of space in relation to the body, often re-conceiving everyday objects into totems of the recent past, de-utilized to create purely visual operations. Emily has recently exhibited her work in New York at The International Print Center New York, The Westside Gallery at The School of Visual Arts and The BRIC Rotunda Gallery and Room East.