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WIP Artist Highlight: Emily Oliveira

Emily was selected as the Work In Progress resident for the month of May. While unfortunately we weren't able to meet her in the studio, we were excited to host a virtual open studio where Emily guided us through her work and practice. Watch our interview below, which was recorded on Instagram Live on May 30, 2020.

Emily Oliveira is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes textiles, video, installation, and performance to explore the relationships between craft, labor, and queer futurity. She challenges capitalist constraints on the human imagination, and frames labor as a tool to access the divine. Her recent work is based around intertwining narratives in a queer, sci-fi universe; these works are portals, veils, thin membranes between our word and the world as it might be. 

Emily Oliveira, "Mundo Irrealis (Wish You Were Here)", 2019, Handmade rugs, digital print on satin, two-channel video, hand-dyed cotton, found furniture, fluid acrylic. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Emily Oliveira is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is an MFA candidate at Yale. She has exhibited and performed widely, at venues including Vox Populi, Wave Hill, The Java Project, Disclaimer Gallery, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Paradice Palase, Center for Performance Research, SOHO20, Ars Nova, Judson Memorial Church, The Poetry Project, and Brown University. She has received awards and residencies from the Museum of Arts and Design, AIR Gallery, Yaddo, BRIC, and Ars Nova. She was a 2019 NYCT Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill, and will be the Abbey Awards Fellow at the British School at Rome in 2022. 


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