Emily Barletta

Emily makes art because making art makes her happy. She hand sews on paper the way some people write in a journal; it gives her reprieve from the everyday mundane experiences of being a human. Each stitch is an imperfect mark made by her hand. The repetitive act of making these marks creates an intimate and meditative space and the stitches are the record of it. She is drawn to color, bright bodily reds and flesh tones, as well as colors found in nature.


Before this, she crocheted sculptures. When completed, she photographed close up details shots of the sculptures which she found more interesting than the sculptures themselves.  When she began sewing on paper, she tried to recreate the visual idea of these photographs from memory. Now everything she makes is an extreme close up.

Emily is based in Brooklyn, New York. Through hand embroidery on paper she strives to keep a record of time and the human experience, through the simple act of mark-making, the stitch. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She received a New  York foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2009 and a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2011. Her work has been praised in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, The Village Voice, City Arts Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine and Foam Magazine. She regularly exhibits her artwork at a variety of galleries and museums.

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