The artists in the 2015 Emulsion show are but a microcosm of all that is happening in the diverse and dynamic art world today. They share a deliberate and conscious purpose to make their work relevant and to express their inner voices and visions.
I looked at the submissions with an eye to create an exhibition that portrayed a true “Emulsion” with practice that included painting, photography, sculpture, video, performance and printmaking. The work is skilled, meditative, playful, sublime, exciting, and challenging.
The art is varied but with purpose; to engage, to relate narrative histories, to honor method, to express a reverence for nature and a collective culture. I witnessed common themes in the work including a reverence for art history and for the fundamentals of art including composition, line, shape, color, patterning and space..
To be a juror is always difficult, so much wonderful work was not included. I was challenged to look at work I had no familiarity with, work that I have seen before and to choose among so much talent. I was amazed and delighted to see so many submissions and to affirm what I have known, that the greater Washington, DC art world is thriving and striving to matter..
I am honored to have been chosen as the Juror. I want to thank Philip Hutinet and East City Art for asking me and more importantly for all they do to promote art in DC. I also want to thank all the artists who submitted work and for allowing me to learn more about the artistic process. Thank you to GalleryOonH for hosting the show and I look forward to meeting all of you.
I am so lucky to get to do what I do!
— Adah Rose