Emily Furr


gouache and collage on watercolor paper
8 x 7 inches

The densely painted, hard-edged technique used by New York artist Emily Furr plays to the dueling elements within her work, soft and divine against man-made and rigid. The knitting needles in this work are familiar in her repertoire of suggestively phallic objects that pierce voids of color. Though, instead of only puncturing the space of the painting, they emerge from the wrinkled patterns of an EKG graph that has recorded the electrical signal of a heart. The mechanical quality of the graph is injected with the human rhythms of the body, playfully standing in for the knitted patterning of a blanket or scarf in progress. A graduate of Hunter College, Furr opened her first museum solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum, Savannah this year.