Emma Steinkraus
Using fabricated landscapes and interiors pieced together from personal photographs, Google images, and 15th century Netherlandish paintings, I create spaces that explore a series of tensions between, for example, the rewards and limitations of domesticity, or the desire for contact with a natural world that I take part in destroying. Most fundamentally, I attempt to diagram the tensions within intimacy to reveal the complex ways a relationship oscillates between closeness and inward loneliness, division and reconciliation. I try hard to understand how closeness is created, sustained, and, occasionally, undermined or lost -- in the hope that I may learn how not to lose it.