In her artist statement, Emily Silver describes a desire to “wrap” herself in landscape — to be immersed in the “tactile, emotional and atmospheric qualities of specific places.” Her watercolor assemblages record Silver’s time spent tucked into her favorite landscapes.
Silver lives in Humboldt County, but don’t expect redwood trees and rocky coastlines in her work. The Colorado native is drawn to more arid landscapes, particularly the Great Basin desert.
While landscape is certainly the catalyst, the visual reproduction of place is not a primary concern. Her work tends to address landscape in a conceptual, abstract manner.
“I really have been trying to find a way to talk about the moment in my work and the passage of moments in time,” Silver said. “I’m dealing with a kind of calendar of moments.”