Artist Profile: Emily Green

Williamsport native Emily Green will have her works on display at Barrel 135, 135 W. Third St., for the month of November. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Alfred University and has been featured as an Artist in Residence at the Pajama Factory. She also has been commissioned to make costumes and props for St. John’s School of the Arts Dance Ensemble.

On her growth as an artist, Green said, “I have been making work for what seems like forever. Don’t most people who end up very hungry artists? We had a kiln in the basement of my home when I was small, so I started working with clay, paint, beads and the like with my mother from the time I was about a year old. My family has always been wonderfully supportive of me in this area, especially my father who didn’t blink an eye when I told him I wanted to go to art school. He was never upset when I made a mess of paint or glue or glitter.”

Green has 13 works on display at Barrel 135.  “My family and friends are of course enthusiastic for me, but they may be just the slightest bit biased. Working with Barrel as been great. They have a beautiful space and a very convenient system for hanging work, and told me to basically do whatever I wanted for my show. It was a delight to put my pieces up there,” Green explained.

“I think the purpose of art is to tell stories,” continued Green. “We all have stories, but some of us are better with images than we are with words. What I hope for when someone views my work is that they go on a personal journey. That is to say, that they look at the piece and find it relates to them in some way, it speaks to a shared experience, and they travel through that time again when they look. Even if they hate my work, at least I will have reached someone in some way. Work that evokes no response is a failure.”

Green loves history and finds many sources of inspiration in the past.  “Marc Chagall has always been a favorite of mine, from the time I played the Masterpiece board game as a child. His colors and the freedom of his narratives enthrall me,” she said. “Another is Acoma potter, Lucy Lewis. I love everything about her, her wonderful face, the way she dressed and of course her gorgeous pottery. But more than that, I honor the work she did to reclaim a disappearing part of her culture. I think I’ve watched the documentary about her at least five times.”

Green’s work will be on display at Barrel 135 for the month of November, and she will be participating in seasonal craft shows including the Holiday Market at the Pajama Factory.

She also will be working on the set for Williamsport Area High School’s spring musical.