In my drawings, prints and objects, I let appreciation for materials and experimentation guide my process as I map the traces of the grown environment and constructed leave on one another.
I am an observer, a recorder, a collector, a deliberator, a mapmaker. I draw abstract cartographic symbols from the grown and constructed environments. These symbols and characters create landscapes and maps to navigate towards a future deeply rooted in connectivity and respect for people and planet. My drawings and objects of paper and fabric consist of dozens of layers in watercolor, print and graphite. This layering reflects my training as a printmaker and mirrors the overlapping, complex habitats and communities, human or otherwise, that inhabit the places I draw. Appreciation of materials and experimentation guide my process. This ranges from cutting quilt scraps to make into paper to using the leftovers from my kitchen studio to dye fabric to using milk cartons as printmaking matrices. Paper and fabric are a direct synthesis of the natural and the cultural, mirroring my explorations of the relationships between the organic and manufactured, human-made environments. In these works, I map the traces of the grown environment on the constructed one and vice versa. The materials I use are a reflection of the careful, regenerative relationships with nature, place and community that I cultivate.
Emma Difani is a visual artist originally from Albuquerque, NM, living and working in Oklahoma City. She received a BFA in Studio Art and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Emma has recently been Artist-in-Residence at the Herekeke Arts Center in Taos, at Oklahoma City University and Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City. She teaches printmaking at Artspace at Untitled and Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Factory Obscura Collective. Her work uses the obsessive layering of printmaking to examine the complex relationships between the natural and constructed environments. Emma collects, prints, walks, sculpts, builds, cooks and draws to explore questions of identity, environment and connectivity.