Emily Blair Quinn

Emily Blair Quinn’s realistic oil portraits depict glistening, ghostly and fractured female figurines in enigmatic emotional states that range from fiery passion to muted panic. The scale of the painting corresponds with the size of the figure’s emotion, so when a figure experiences empowerment, freedom, or ecstasy, she becomes larger than life. However, when she feels powerless, fearful, or sad, she is confined to a small canvas. Quinn's process begins with a treasure hunt for figurines that she feels look “haunted, sad, pensive, sexual, or otherwise easy to anthropomorphize.” Then she arranges them in theatrically lit scenes and often transforms them through paint, wax and resin before photographing them as models for her paintings.


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