September Open Regional Show - Art at the Crossroads
September 3, 2021- September 25, 2021
We would like to invite you to show your artwork at the 23rd Annual Art at the Crossroads regional art exhibit. Crossroads is celebrating its 23rd Annual Art at the Crossroads Open Regional Show! Artwork will be accepted Tuesday, August 31, and the show will open on Friday, September 3, 2021. Monetary prizes and awards will be presented at the judge’s discretion. A People’s Choice award will be selected by the community and patrons who attend the opening reception and cast their vote before 8:00 in the evening.
Emily Somoskey is a 2-D mixed media artist and painter from Northeast Ohio. She received her MFA at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI (2020) and a BA in Art Education/Painting at The University of Akron in Akron, OH (2013). Emily is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA, where she teaches courses in painting and drawing. Emily’s mixed-media paintings use representational and abstract methods to explore the ways we simultaneously experience physical and mental space. On a material level, her work is largely built through layering paint and various forms of photographic and digital imagery. These disparate mediums collectively create a complex and nuanced language that weave together moments of clarity and ambiguity. Through her work she references the shifting and overlapping nature of our experience with the sensate and psychological realms. giving form to the complexity, instability, and enigmatic nature of our lived experiences.
My work gives form to the complexity, instability, and enigmatic nature of our lived experiences. Through these mixed media paintings, I explore the simultaneity between the actual and the psychological, the material and the immaterial, the visible and that which lies beyond sight. Domestic spaces are largely the carrier for this ambition, which offer multi-sensory and ever-changing material that the paintings build upon. Recognizable subject matter surfaces amidst an expanse of abstraction, alluding to both the banality and mystery of the day-to-day. Digital collage fragments and painted shards might reference a tiled floor, a stove-top burner, or the edge of a piece of furniture but they also point to readings that move beyond the domestic. The complex tension of their visual density calls for contemplation; asking the viewer to slow down in order to navigate, discover and dwell within them.