emily burns

With my recent body of work I hope to communicate an awareness of the language of imagery. There are so many images flying around us every day in the digital world. Over time, it’s easy to become numb to all of that visual information. My work is about picking apart the imagery that we look at all the time and take for granted, in order to find new meaning. 

I am interested in the evolution of these images from classical painting, photography, advertising, television, and internet and the the subliminal messages and psychological effects they proliferate. My compositions are created by collaging, breaking apart, and rebuilding the parallel environments of human and animals worlds, while rendering the subjects anonymous within them. I am interested in the viewer’s engagement with the characters, the distinct fallacies they represent, and their connection with kitsch, and their relationship to society’s ideals.


emily burns
new york

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