Emily Carrig studied at the New York Academy of Art where she received her M.F.A. in Painting in 2018. She also holds a B.F.A. in Art History and a B.F.A. in English from College of Charleston.
Emily's body of work combines figures and portraits with a painterly sensibility suggestive of landscape painting. Her recent work portrays idealized, passive female subjects, exploring the feeling of being the object of the gaze. Inspired by static representations of women from art history, Emily’s work deals with the depiction, perception, and value of female bodies as well as themes of dissociation and self-worth. She is interested in interpreting bold color and the potential of dissolved shapes into lyrical scenes.
Her work finds a kinship in Expressionist painters such as Edvard Munch and Ellen Thesleff, as well as painters such as Gwen John, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Joan Mitchell.
Emily's paintings are in private collections in New York City, Mexico, and Charleston, South Carolina.
My work combines figures, portraits, and landscapes painted from observation. I am interested in interpreting color and the potential of dissolved shapes into lyrical scenes. Often choosing women as subjects, I project my experience onto the canvas. More than photographic representation, I would like my paintings to appear like apparitions.