Emily Swierzbin

Bachelor of Applied Arts

As a multidisciplinary artist, I experiment with many different mediums, with printmaking being my principal concentration. I also enjoy sculpture, painting, jewelry making, and fibre arts. Through my art, I can explore themes of nature, emotion, human connection, and self-discovery. 

I am constantly inspired by nature in almost everything I do and create. The earth is very important to me, and this heavily influences the ways in which I produce things. I am always looking for ways to incorporate things I already have, as opposed to buying new materials. I try to recycle or upcycle whenever I can, as an attempt to reduce waste in my artistic practices. This often leads to using everyday, readymade objects, such as the pill bottles in “Medicated”. I also like making use of found objects and elevating them to a new level, breathing new life into otherwise mundane or discarded objects, like the photographs in the “Upcycled Vacations” series.

 

Because nature is my primary inspiration, I often find myself creating prints with natural imagery, like flowers. I’m not too concerned about making them look naturalistic. Instead, I explore the natural shapes through line and bright, saturated colors. This sometimes even involves adding abstract or geometric elements. I also enjoy producing art made with natural objects, such as leaves, flowers, seeds, etc. This strengthens my connection to the world around me.

Medicated

Medicated

2019

Pill Bottle Installation

Upcycled Vacations

2020

Embroidery on Found Photographs

Hollyhocks Paradox

Hollyhocks Paradox

2019

Linoleum Relief

Hollyhocks

2019

Screenprint

Floral Wallpaper

2019

Screenprint

Poppy

2019

Screenprint

Untitled

2020

Screenprint

Glitch

Glitch

2017-2018

Wood

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