Emily Clegg

Hello, I’m Emily. I am an artist that is centered with truth, honesty, and vulnerability. I am also messy, at times scared, and take myself (not) too seriously. I share this so candidly because I want to connect with you. I strive to be the most unapologetic version of myself so you can feel vulnerable with me, too.

The art I create comes from being present with myself and the world around me- a place I often need reminding to be in. It is from this presence of mind and body that I see, think and feel in a way that goes beyond colloquial ways of seeing and speaking – this is my tool to write, and my challenge to articulate. I want to achieve the full capability of expression, which is not limited to words but through the body, metaphor, and sound all of which exist on and off the page.

I find our most sacred pockets of life are when we are free to feel deeply connected to ourselves and others, and I use my entire toolbox to articulate these moments that can be shared and felt collectively. My goal is to create space to allow yourself to feel at the emotional, and engage with the critical.

I use art to channel my urgency to speak personally and politically. Critical thinking is at the core of my work which leads my interest to ask the big questions. I question my own experience of living within layers of socialization that have constructed the world into its present state of a system of power, to amplify certain voices and leave others out. What begs to asked – What should we keep of this world, and what should we leave behind?

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