Emily Stokes- BFA AIR- 2012-2013
Emily Stokes is an artist based in the Washington DC area who works in print, ink, gouache, and oils, creating both works on paper as well as small books. Books are objects that are intentionally and explicitly interactive, meant to be handled and shared. There is an inherent structure to them that dictates the way that they will be approached. Emily uses these forms, as well as the subject matter of architecture, fairy tales, history, and outer space to create art that has the feel and resonance of artifacts. Her work is generally small, intimate, and illustrative, with close, cramped detail that discourages distance from viewer.
During the academic year of 2012-2013, Emily Stokes assisted in the intermediate/advanced etching studio class and created an expansive body of work throughout the year which culminated in a show, here be, there be, where be. Her studio practice during that time was based in highly detailed intaglio etchings and small gouache and ink paintings. Her work explored a relationship between history, storytelling, fantasy, travel and technology. This was directly reflective of her own experiences in coming to work in Qatar as a transplant from Richmond, both from the awareness of being very far from home and the inherent density and meticulousness of detail in traditional Islamic art and architecture.
After completing the VCUQatar PAPR artist residency, Emily Stokes moved from Doha to the Washington D.C. area, working as a freelance illustrator. Soon after relocating, she began working for a small custom electronics company, Microwave Telemetry Inc., where she makes small tracking devices for birds for use for wildlife research. Her studio practice has evolved in the direction of small dense books, both hand printed and hand painted. She is currently working on a collaboration book project with Baltimore area based graphic designer Liz Fisch.