Simply stated, Now On View celebrates and showcases the artists of Society6 and their work. Get to know them—and then get lost in their gallery.
Who are you and what do you do? My name is Emilie, I see myself as quite the sentimental softie. Other than creating art I enjoy reading science fiction and coming of age stories, going to shows and teaching people how to play Egyptian Rat Screw. For a living I work at my local co-op and volunteer at a non-profit thrift store in my free time.
Current city: Chicago, IL
How did you make these? For collages my materials consist of pounds of colored paper, illustrations cut from books & magazines, kid’s scissors (honestly, I find the smaller ones make it easier to cut finely) and some plain old glue sticks. I’ll spend hours rearranging the tiniest bits of paper that, to me, make a world of difference. Once I feel something is finished I glue it down and scan it in- with zero editing (if you don’t count cropping)! Everything I do is by hand, I’m way too much of a luddite to work with digital media.
Why did you make these? For a while I couldn’t call myself an artist, and showed almost no one the things I made. I felt ill when imagining someone viewing and judging the most vulnerable parts of myself- each collage is the product of me venting and coming to terms with an obstacle in my life, all pieces illustrate a different stage in coping with anxiety and depression. As I grow into my person, getting better at standing in my truth the idea of sharing has ceased to be formidable. It is now thrilling to pour myself into a stranger whenever they comment on my work. The real goal is to be a part of a network of creators and consumers discussing mental health, sharing healthy coping skills and connecting to one another on a deeper and authentic level.
What do people typically say about your work? Most of the time I get praise for composition but specifically “playful but demented” is the best description I have ever received.