a solo exhibition by Emily McIlroy
January 22 to March 2, 2012
opening reception: January 22 from 4 to 6pm
McIlroy's artist statement: With the loss of a loved one, once fixed horizons become unmoored, passages between points in time collapse, and concealed specters suddenly emerge. The works in this exhibition invoke the ocean and its underwater forces and life forms to conjure this world of uncertain space and immeasurable time.
Untethered to the familiar physics of everyday life, these pieces seek to explore a realm that moves between inner and outer experience, between the recognizable and the outlandish, between a sense of saturation in materiality and a longing for what is not and cannot be. Suspended somewhere between the shadows and the surface, my work suggests entry into a world that is as unstable and sinister as it is suffused with hope for healing—an alien, wayward realm in which all is lost, and anything is possible.