Emily Brown has long drawn from the natural world for both imagery and content. Her skills of observation and articulation are evident in her large-scale studio drawings, where the focus is on surfaces and textures found outdoors. With simple media such as ink wash, wax crayon or graphite she teases out tensions seen in nature. Favorite subjects are ripples and signs of currents on water, and the dense tangles and lush growth of the forest. Her etchings hold similar energies and poetry.
Brown also incorporates segments of her drawings, etchings and beloved ephemera into collages. Associations of dissonant parts suggest narratives of widely varying kinds, while sharing the artist’s lasting affection for the natural world.
Emily Brown has received awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Pew Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, The Independence Foundation, The Leeway Foundation, Philagrafika, Maryland Institute College of Art, Vermont Studio Center and Artists for Environment Foundation. Her work is included in the collections of Alliance Capital, Tokyo, Japan; The Bryn Mawr College Library, Farnsworth Art Museum, The MacDowell Colony, James A. Michener Art Museum, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Rutgers Center for Innovative Prints and Paper, and the United States Embassy in Estana, Kajakhstan.
Brown lives in mid-coast Maine and Philadelphia.