Emily Lazerwitz: Tapestries
23 jun 2017 by Irina Turcan
Emily Lazerwitz will exhibit her 'Tapestry' series of prints in Earl's Court London from the 26th of June until the 30th of September 2017.
Meet the artist
Join us for a talk and drinks with Emily Lazerwitz at Cheers Apero' 314 Earl’s Court Road, London SW5 9BQ. RSVP via one of the following links:
Lazerwitz’ artistic practice deals with the intersection of art, craft, technology, and language. More specifically, the artist is concerned with the way technology shapes the direction in which language develops.
"Having grown up with the development of the Internet and social media, I have witnessed how the expansion of these innovations has changed who I am and how I communicate. I am excited by the prospect of being able to interact instantaneously with anyone in the world through audio, visual, and written means. However, these same technologies also limit my use of language through restrictions on length and vocabulary. Long beautiful prose from past centuries currently has no place in this new environment and that scares me.
To overcome this fear, I turned to my art and focused on ways to render words completely meaningless as both a prediction and protest to what I see happening. The craft forms of quilting, weaving, and needlework became my visual language of choice to explore this consequence. These practices have been passed down for centuries and involve precision, time, and acquired skill, while social media platforms function through universal accessibility, short cuts, fragments, and speed. The tension between these two forms drives my practice.
Every piece takes weeks to make. They require painstaking concentration, as well as time to understand and literally decode the messages. The logic is purely my own and becomes a privileged knowledge for the few who spend the time to really look. How soon is it until we no longer use words or even letters just simply ones and zeros?"
Lazerwitz holds a BA in Fine Art from Columbia University, New York (2014) and a MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016) where she received the Julia Wood Memorial Prize. Exhibitions include ‘Greater Together’, Science Museum, London (2016); ‘Journeys’, Jewish Museum London (2015); ‘Multiplied Print Fair’, Christie’s, London, (2014); ‘BP Spotlight: Source - Order and Compulsion’, Tate Britain, London (2014) and more.