2018-19 Emerging Artist

Emily Brodrick

  • Emily Brodrick

    Interstices, cut paper, acrylic paint and glue, 20 x 36 inches, 2018.

  • Emily Brodrick

    Interwoven, cut paper, acrylic paint, crocheted handspun yarn, 33 x 28 x 2 inches, 2018.

  • Emily Brodrick

    Reclaimed, yarn, metal, plastic, tape and paper, site specific, 2017.

  • Emily Brodrick

    Canopy (detail), cut paper and acrylic paint, approx. 25 x 32 x 66 inches, 2017.

  • Emily Brodrick

    No Border, crocheted and knitted natural and synthetic yarn, 96 x 150 inches, 2016.

    No Border

Artist Statement

Using what are considered craft mediums, such as crochet, knitting, cut-paper and ceramics, I create sculptures and installations reminiscent of living organisms and environments wildly distorted in size, shape and color. I think of my work not just as a series of pieces, but a living world of interrelated species and with them, I aim to question our stereotypical notions of what we consider craft vs. art. I am interested – almost obsessively – with repetitive, intricate, tedious detail and I create or cover my works with all-encompassing patterns. Our culture has classist notions of what is considered high vs. low art but I use the accessibility of crafts - its beauty, tactileness, color and decoration - to create work that can allow viewers to approach, be curious about, sometimes even play with and hopefully ask themselves what is craft and what is art?

Artist Bio

Emily Brodrick grew up on the south fork of Long Island, New York. She received her BA from Hampshire College in 2014 where her study of fiber art culminated in a solo show titled Why Color Makes Me Giggle. Her multi-media works are often highly detailed, vibrantly colorful and feel organic. With them, she explores themes such as gender stereotypes, craft traditions, natural forms and play. After moving to Cambridge in 2014, for two years she taught art in a variety of media to preschoolers - 2nd graders at Maud Morgan Visual Art Center in Cambridge. Then in 2016 she was the curatorial intern at Gallery 263 in Cambridge. From 2017-2018 she was the office management and social media intern at Now + There in Boston and now she runs her own business - Living Rainbows Fiber Co, a handmade yarn and spinning fiber company. All the while she has continued her art practice and currently shares a studio in Waltham Mills Artists Association. Emily's work has been included in exhibitions throughout New England as well as New York and Maryland. Her most recent solo exhibition, Feminine Habitat, was in the summer of 2016 at Groundwork in New Bedford, MA.


What We Choose to Keep, January 30-February 24, 2019.

Press + Media

Press Release
Foritano, James. "A February Trifecta: signs of growth in Boston's SoWa district." Artscope Magazine, December 26, 2018.
Ruhiu, Kevin. "Went there: What we choose to keep." Boston Hassle, February 18, 2019.
"New Works by Emerging Artist Emily Brodrick." Kingston Blog, February 19, 2019.



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