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About Emma

Baltimore City

Emma Mattson is a Baltimore based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia artist who utilizes medium format color film. She explores emotion in an increasingly human world, often devoid of the human form.  Taking photos in the still of the city at night provides a pensive feeling for both the photographer setting up a tripod and standing with the shutter release cable, waiting for the right time to end the exposure, and the viewer reflecting upon them.  Automobiles are a main subject matter... more

Thinking and Waiting

Taking photos in the still of the city at night provides a pensive feeling for both the photographer setting up a tripod and standing with the shutter release cable, waiting for the right time to end the exposure, and the viewer reflecting upon them. Automobiles are a main subject matter in recent works that are personified, as they have become strong attachments to human life. Waiting is a main theme in her work, as many of the vehicles sit still in their driveways or are hibernating under the cover of a protective sheet. The atmosphere in her photos is often foggy or right after a rain, which provides a certain quiet time for thoughts to wander.

Moss

My mixed media work is in many ways a therapeutic way to cope with these anxieties, especially the repetitive motions of creating French knot after French knot in my “moss embroideries.” When making moss embroideries, it’s about creating and building up a scene from nothing or creating a mini landscape. Felt is layered together for three-dimensionality in round shapes and I go from there in a more abstract sense.
Humans create barriers between themselves and the reality of the world’s environmental troubles, wanting to keep their own idealistic views in order to avoid addressing an issue. The way that humans create things, such as fake plants, so that nature can still be aesthetically pleasing without needing to be cared for, is telling of the efforts humans make. The way that I create natural elements synthetically in these pieces can be compared to the way that humans go about dealing with this problem.

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