Greetings from B56 at MANA BSM

weeping-feature

The past four weeks in the studio have served as a season of conceptual transition and preparation. This week I finished editing and formatting my Meme’s memoir for publishing and I am expecting the first proof of her book any day now. Elidia Gray Velez’s experience growing up on the Rio Grande and her eventual crossing of the border has played an integral role in my identity and creative practice. Continue reading

Updates from Emily’s studio at Mana

Gold-leafed corn

Gold-leafed corn

The past month in the studio can be labeled as a season of risk-taking as I created “art” in the form of reenacting a Mexican food process of cooking masa, manipulating corn into various forms, and reflecting on the research that has informed these new directions. For me, the works that I am currently making function as studies searching for complete thoughts. The desire behind these works is simply to connect with a history to which I belong via a not-so-distant lineage. Continue reading

Emily’s Update from her studio at Mana

Corntalks, husks, and roots. Materials for an upcoming installation.

Corntalks, husks, and roots. Materials for an upcoming installation.

This season of my studio exploration is influenced by some recent reads, which you can find here and my grandmother’s memoir titled Along the Banks of the Rio Grande that I am currently editing and helping her publish. Another reality that has been heavy on my mind is our nation’s struggle with xenophobia in light of the elections. Continue reading

From Emily’s BSMT Studio at Mana Contemporary

Ten of the twelve artists who showed in Base 12

Ten of the twelve artists who showed in Base 12

I am thrilled to be a resident artist with the International Sculpture Center at MANA Contemporary! This opportunity has granted me a private studio, uninterrupted time to explore new dimensions of my practice, as well as afforded me a vibrant community with which to engage. MANA Contemporary is a fully equipped artist’s facility with several hundred studios, a frame shop, shipping services, exhibition spaces, Keating Foundry, and the list goes on. Continue reading