Emily Gherard: Interview

Emily Gherard, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas on panel, 12 x 9 inches (photo: Art
Emily Gherard, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas on panel, 12 x 9 inches (photo: Art and Soul Photography, courtesy of the artist)

Erin Langner interviews painter Emily Gherard.

Gherard comments: "I am realizing more and more how important that physicality is to my actual practices. I think it is really fundamentally crucial. My techniques started off as ways to create a particular kind of layer, and they often had connections to the content; the forms that I was painting were creating these physical spaces for themselves. It was something that would visually accumulate on the canvas and then be scraped back. I realized I’m kind of addicted to that process, that I actually enjoy physically pushing the materials around. I also love the exhilaration of a process that completely disintegrates the image and then enables it to re-emerge."