My work evokes the body as an experience and a site. I use a multitude of materials to explore how texture, color and line can temporally premeditate form, affect or figure. Through a mixed collage aesthetic, I investigate how the physical activity of painting, and the resistance of the painted surface, can clash with visual memories of the human body and allow images to emerge. I rely on drawing as the inaugural channel for memory, formal structure and tactile relationships to the mixed media. In this way, the drawings serve as the backbone for the paintings. I’m interested in an active field of tension through a “painted” surface - a surface that is constantly changing as it alludes to amorphousness (the shifting forms of color and texture) and the polarities of artifice (the design aspect and the sense of “space” created by painting).
Emily Stoddart, (b. 1981, London, Ontario) is a Canadian painter, writer and curator who works between Toronto and New York. She received her B.F.A from Concordia University, M.F.A. from Hunter College, CUNY, and was a recent resident at the Chashama North residency in Pine Plains, NY. Recent exhibitions include "IN/LIT," Brian Morris Gallery, New York, "188.8.131.52.0," RH Gallery, New York and "Squeeze Machine," Field Projects, New York. Stoddart was featured in critic David Balzer's latest collection of stories and illustrations, entitled "Contrivances," published by Joyland Press. She is a writer for publications such as Magenta Magazine and Scapegoat Journal, and is the founder and curator of CART - an international forum aimed at providing support and patronage for Canadian artists working in New York City and internationally.