Notes by Bill Calhoun

May 01, 2015

The Perfect Marriage

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The Perfect Marriage, 2015, oil on canvas, 48" x 42"

I'll quote Emily here: My paintings often celebrate the drama between men and women. In my work the men appear to be angular and aloof, the women rounded and pensive. The male element approaches the robotic, and the female element harks to a romantic past. I am obsessed with the idea of robots, but my robots tend to defy the usual interpretation. They are much too human, as if their designers couldn’t help but duplicate themselves in all their glorious inconsistency and neurosis.

This is by far the largest painting Emily has made. A big canvas like this can be terrifying for a painter to approach. You're never sure if you're up to the task. Instincts fail you, you're a beginner all over again. But Emily has more big canvases lined up!