I have only recently encountered the visual works of Emilee Lord, an artist based in the U.S., but I am already touched and excited by these unique visual motifs. Lord’s work, though not entirely minimal, has minimalism as it’s essence, homing in on traces, remnants, shards, the detritus and minutiae left by human activity. Like the great Catalan artist, Antoni Tapies, Emilee Lord scars and tears her works, not as acts of violence, but perhaps in some gestural attempt to leave traces of activity, a kind of visual reference point, or marker that boldly states, “I was here”, or more importantly, “WE were here”.
Most fascinating are the works on silk, where Lord traces minute imperfections in the material with ink, or the Surface/Process works with plaster and compound over ruffled fabric, or indeed the White Line studies (no connection with us), simplistic markings, almost doodles, and gentle meaderings that represent visual meditations, ruptured surfaces that act as signifiers of the human condition. Lord’s works are acts of subtle elegance, no grand gestures, or awe inspiring canvasses, but hints, whispers and shadows, that once we are aware of them, are suddenly imbued with significance and an almost transcendental beauty. Lord’s work is concerned with the memories, shadows, and remains that we scar our existence with, and for that reason alone, her work is very special indeed. BGN.