Interview: Emily Wisniewski
Luca Curci talks with Emily Wisniewski during THE EXTENDED BODY 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
I paint lesser-known characters in well-known stories of the Anthropocene to show the precarity of those places. I am interested in the interconnections between plants and people based on anthropocentric destruction and scientific research into plants and ecosystems. These stories rethink human exceptionalism and power structures from which I source my information and reference photos, primarily archives, US government-funded centers for research, and science and ecology journals. I hope to bring an understanding of our tangled and interconnected position as posthuman subjects as necessary to the coevolution of humankind, nature, and cultural narratives. By reinterpreting reference images from archives, news sources, satellite, and drone imagery, I can challenge the dominant narratives from archives and government mediated representation of science and news available on the internet. I paint to tell a different story of interconnection in a changing landscape where humans live in precarity, and nature becomes more and more evident in the growing influence of globalization, capitalism, and climate change. Imagination based on posthuman theories, science, and ecology
becomes the new narrative for these landscapes. Some of the topics I deal with are sites of nuclear destruction, environmental concern due to climate change, or sections of scientific research. I paint human and nonhuman characters in precarious spaces.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Emily Wisniewski – Art for me is a way of expressing the ineffable and knowing the unknown.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
EW – My background is that I am a traveler. I traveled between states and countries from the time I was a child. This influences my work in the transient nature of the paintings. I would like my work to help people understand other people’s experiences. I think of each painting as a sharing experience. My theme is interconnectivity between people and places. The nature/culture/person entanglements. This inspired my painting from the archives and memories that are from experiences in places of natural beauty and environmental concern. I feel like I can help entangle fixed knowledge systems, like the archive or a tangled memory.
LC – What is your creative process like?
EW – My creative process is like a realization that comes from practice and study as well as intuition and personal experience.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
EW – Itsliquid Group is an opportunity to share experiences through art among others. It is my first art show in London and I am very excited to be a part of this show. I would have liked to be in London for the show, but I am in Italy under quarantine due to the Covid19 outbreak. I hope to hear from you all soon and share more art with the Itsliquid group in the future.