Emily Payne, Full Circle
September 1 through October 15, 2011
Emily Payne was born in San Francisco and grew up in Mill Valley, California and Amherst, Massachusetts. She went to Oberlin College where she studied English and Women’s Studies. The class she remembers most was an Art History lecture on how Cezanne’s brushstrokes mimicked the way the eye perceives information, by scanning an object or landscape, rather than taking it in as a whole. She eventually grew to appreciate the flatness of the land and the long, barely curving roads in Ohio. Emily moved to San Francisco after college and studied figure drawing and oil painting. Her love of making sculptural things with paper led her to pursue an MFA in printmaking and book arts at San Francisco State University. In the midst of busy, often noisy classrooms, she anchored her concentration with heavy, low tech but utterly reliable tools like the letterpress, the book press and a beat up wooden ceramics table she found abandoned in the corner of the sculpture lab. It became her makeshift studio space.
At the heart of Emily Payne's work is drawing. Even her large hanging wire sculptures are like drawings in 3 dimensional space. By reducing things to their simplest elements, she finds that they have maximum interaction with the space around them. Shadows and the play of air around an object or work on paper is as important to the work as the work itself.