emily ann pothast

Artist Statement

Although I work across many media, my formal training is in printmaking: the tradition of generating multiple impressions of an image on paper using processes like woodcut, etching and lithography. Printmaking is the original mass media, and I tend to see contemporary developments such as the Internet through the lens of a printmaker. The democratization of images, theories of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, and the politics of information are all concerns which are threaded through Gutenberg's workshop, and through my work in various media.

My visual and musical practices are theoretically and intuitively linked. Materially, my drawings tend to incorporate collage elements and drawing materials of disparate textures and luminance into dense, mosaic-like surfaces that show the influence of intuitive geometry, feedback loops, visionary and folk art, and medieval manuscript paintings.