Emily Thompson: Visiting Artist Lecture, Floral Designer, Sculptor
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12–1:15pm
Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, Osher Hall
Admission is free, all are welcome.
Emily Thompson was raised in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, a place of uncompromising beauty. She brought her sense of this place, its ruins and its wilds, to her work as an artist, traveling from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, to UCLA, where she earned her MFA in sculpture, finally landing in New York City. Here, she fell in with a rough crowd of thorny brambles and made it her mission to bring them to light.
Emily likes to cite William Gilpin, 18th century theorist of the picturesque, who directed builders of follies and artificial ruins to do so as if these ruins were not designed but naturally chosen. What’s more, writes Gilpin, they must be in magnificent style. Emily’s work, like her ideal faux ruin, evokes nature in magnificent style.
Supported by the Sculpture Department
Image: Art: Emily Thompson; Photography: Nicholas Calcott