This feature was conceived as a foray into the hearts/minds of Kenyon’s finest artists through the pages of their sketchbooks. This week, we talk with Emma Brown ’17.
“I’m a person who thinks everything is art and art is everything.”
This belief is more than clear in Emma Brown ’17’s artwork. Though she is a woman of many trades (she loves combining different media, she’s exploring painting now, she loves to collage), photography is her primary art form. She interned this past summer at an art gallery in San Francisco, Kala. In her spare time, she walked the streets and photographed everything she found interesting (especially hobos). “Whenever I walk around I would take pictures of whatever I found interesting and tried to push my comfort level of taking pictures of weird things in front of strangers, taking pictures of strangers, approaching strangers and asking if I could take their pictures,” Brown said.
Her love of photography, though she calls it arbitrary, stems from her her father’s work as an amateur photographer. She picked up a camera at a very young age, and I suppose she never put it down. She’s fascinated with photojournalism as well as fine arts photography, and also loves editing photos. In fact, most mornings she’ll wake up and edit photos because she finds it “centering.”
Photography takes how you see something and replicates it in the best way that we have now without being able to read each other’s minds.”
Brown’s also exploring painting, which she plans to coordinate into photos. Attracted to the idea of spatial memory, last summer she developed a project in which she shot black-and-white photos of empty rooms and then drew in silhouettes of people in Sharpie to represent the memories she’s shared with those people in that particular place. She plans to continue this project, but wants to shoot color photos and paint people into the scene.
Take a look at her website. And while you’re at it, hit her up and ask to do some collaging with her.