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SNAG Celebrates: Emily Culver

SNAG Celebrates

SNAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different artists on the SNAG website.

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Please introduce yourself.
My name is Emily Culver and I identify as an object maker. I am originally from rural Pennsylvania and the daughter of a carpenter and former midwife now turned nursing professor. I mention these details because I think it reflects in my work, however intentional or unintentional that may be.

I attended the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University in Philadelphia, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2012. In 2017, I received my Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

My current work situates itself broadly across forms and scales, ranging from body sized sculptures to hand-held objects, as well as between Fine Art, Craft and Design disciplines. I employ a vast variety of materials such as wood, ceramic, metal and rubbers while implementing both digital fabrication methods and traditional making processes in a holistic manner. While diverse in approach and method, at the foundation of my work is a sensitive and highly intended relationship between objects and the body; a quality which I feel comes from my strong background and interest in Jewelry.

Flails, 2019

Flails, 2019


What are some goals that you have while creating your work? Are there any concepts that you are particularly interested in?

I strive to create works that are a productive space of ambiguity — a space in which the work is not flat in its directiveness but also feeds the viewer enough to keep them engaged. The works which interest me the most are ones where I feel I’ve entered into a conversation with an object, but this is actually a conversation with myself. These relational conversations I create do not have a clear resolution per say, rather my goal is to create something in which I am engaged, satisfied, and sustained.

For this reason I’m particularly interested in the object and the body as concepts and all the topics that are stirred up as a result: function/non-function, identity, desire, the corporeal, sexuality, and touch to list a few. With my most recent body of work I’ve been considering more metaphysical qualities of these things such as what they are made of, how they have come to be and what potential they hold.

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