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Emily Oliveira

Pictured above: Emily Oliveira, Detail of Textile Work for Sunroom Project, 2019, fiber and cotton. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill.

2019 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow

Sunroom Project Space 2019 | September 14–October 27

For the Sunroom Project Space, Brooklyn-based textile and performance artist Emily Oliveira will create a vibrant, installation using large-scale, textile pieces, sculpture and video to transform the Sunroom into a devotional space for a decolonized, queer utopia 1,000 years into the future. Inspired by science fiction— particularly 1960s psychedelic films and writings of feminist authors Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin and Marge Piercy—and the flora at Wave Hill during the Winter Workspace, Oliveira imagines an Earth that is no longer constrained by capitalism. Reflecting on queer futurity and time travel, Oliveira constructs a narrative in which borders, binaries and hierarchies dissolve, and the worlds of the living and dead—both human and plant life—blend indistinguishably. Oliveira’s installation broaches socio-political, cultural and economic topics that touch on gender, class, race and sexuality.

Winter Workspace 2019
Glyndor Gallery | February 19–March 31

In the winter of 2019, Oliveira worked on a series of silk garments inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler and by the plant life at Wave Hill in preparation for her Sunroom Project. Oliveira works with domestic craft and textile materials to create sculpture and installation that explore themes of class, race, femininity and gender. Oliveira looks forward to incorporating the worn garments in public performances at Wave Hill, engaging with the public and discussing issues of textile and labor with studio visitors.

Oliveira is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with performance studies at Brown University. She was a participant in the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Artist Studios Residency Program, and has exhibited and performed widely throughout New York and Rhode Island at Disclaimer Gallery, Ars Nova, Soho20 Gallery and other venues.

Lenda Murray, 2016, embroidery floss, clam shells, collage, image courtesy of artist. 

SUN, SEPT 14, 2-4:30PM
Fall Exhibitions Reception
Meet the Artist

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.