Artist Talk with Emily McIlroy

Meet artist Emily McIlroy and learn more about her works inspired by an artist residency in Glacier National Park in 2018. She will discuss her process, the meaning behind her works that will be in a coming book that she is creating exploring the relationships between ourselves and wilderness.

In-person in the Jessie Wilber Gallery – Masks Required
OR Online via ZOOM – Registration Required

Light Inside the Body
Jessie Wilber Gallery
February 11 – May 1, 2022!

Artist Statement

“These works were created as an extension of my 2018 Artist Residency at Glacier National Park, and will ultimately be part of an artist book that builds connections between inner and outer “wildernesses.” The book, through an integration of art and text, will invite audiences to explore the boundaries between themselves and the nonhuman world.”

“Each piece in this series points to the enmeshment and permeability of environments, minds, and bodies. Emerging from a process of layering and often subtraction, they attempt to bridge the enduring with the temporal, the visible with the invisible, the prosaic with the poetic. Looking simultaneously both outward and inward, they connect the realm of wilderness—its beauty, violence, power, and fragility—with our own internal territories.” – Emily McIlroy

Artist Bio

Emily McIlroy was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma with her twin brother, Ross. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 2005 and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2011. When she’s not in her studio, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and walking and swimming her way through various terrestrial and aquatic wildernesses. She currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.