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Emily Oliveira

Image courtesy of the artist.

Winter Workspace 2019
Glyndor Gallery | Feb 19–March 31

Brooklyn-based textile and performance artist Emily Oliveira joins the Winter Workspace as a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with performance studies at Brown University, Oliveira works with domestic craft and textile materials to create sculpture and installation that explore themes of class, race, femininity and gender. 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.

This winter, Oliveira works on a series of silk garments inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler and by the plant life at Wave Hill, depicting a decolonized, queer utopia in a post-hegemonic future. In this painted narrative, identity of the living and dead, plant and human are blended on silk garments and hand-embellished with embroidery, sequins and beads. Oliveira looks forward to incorporating the worn garments in public performances at Wave Hill, engaging with the public during Drop-in Sundays and Open Studios, and discussing issues of textile and labor with studio visitors.

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

Learn more about the artist here.

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.