Title: The Life and Times of Ordinary Things
Artist: Emma Skurnick
Dates: July 2, 2017 – September 9, 2017
Emma Skurnick is a full-time artist, illustrator, and teacher of illustration. She lives in Bynum, NC. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and published internationally. With illustrations appearing in publications such as American Scientist Magazine, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 21st Century Gardening series, her work is widely seen. She enjoys exploring the balance point between science and storytelling.
I spend a lot of time observing the beauty and strangeness of the natural world, and I know that my paintings - mere snapshots in time - can never do justice to the intricacy I see around me. The pleasure I derive from spending the hours, days, and weeks it takes to study my portrait subjects - noting the delicate fuzz on the underside of a leaf, or the way color shifts along the length of a bird’s feather - is reward enough. The finished artwork often feels like mere artifact to me: proof of the time I have spent, and of the awe I feel, for each subject of each painting.