Sculptor - Muralist - Painter
Appenzeller utilizes both traditional and nontraditional mediums and techniques in her artwork- viewing life and art as interactive. By no means one dimensional, Appenzeller's artwork displays elements of Surrealism and hints of Symbolism recounting various personal and ambiguous references. Born in Arizona and raised in Virginia, Appenzeller is a recent graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The artist currently works out of her studio in Downtown Los Angeles.
I like to take an exceedingly positive stance in my work as an artist. I don't like to go much further than asking questions that will inspire a focused thought on social issues or dynamics. As many artists before me, I began my work as an intensely introspective exercise, painting fantastic scenes that called into question my own being and purpose. These works are perhaps just to be seen as the on ramp to my current artistic engagements. Now, my focus is on my immediate environment in all its many forms, i.e. social, economical, structural, etc. The question I'm asking now is, what is? It's easy to get so wrapped up in our routines and our projections of the future that today's landscape suffers from lack of a collective acknowledgement. I want to inspire those engaged with my work to be present in forming their own answer to the question of what is? and thereby generating their own questions of what can be. As we all mature into adults, our worries and concerns seem to propel the world into something that is fast-paced and harder to maneuver. I would like to slow that pace by introducing child like imagery and engagement, thereby simplifying the giant picture of each of our individual lives into one collective experience that demands a present state of mind.
- Emily Appenzeller
"My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined."