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Lost in Translation

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Emily Lovejoy considers Lost in Translation one of the best pieces she has ever created. It expresses the experience of wanting something that you can see but feels out of reach. It serves as a beacon for what is possible in a relationship and moving from what you have toward what you want.

40" x 40" x 1.5"

Acrylic on canvas

Artist Bio

Emily Lovejoy, b. 1988, is a New Orleans based multidisciplinary artist. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on painting from the University of New Orleans in 2012. Here practice focuses on painting, photography, and ceramics. Across all mediums Lovejoy explores identity as well as the connection between humanity and nature. 

Beginning with photography Lovejoy’s creative process starts out as a dialogue between model and photographer. Once the images are processed they’re further manipulated in the digital space until a unique composition emerges. The image are then translated onto the canvas where lovejoy uses her specific technique to build up watered down slow drying acrylics. The end result is a distinguishable work of art that bears the unmistakable mark of Emily Lovejoy's creative vision.

In addition to her portrait work, Lovejoy explores the realms of abstraction and nature. This ideology can similarly be seen through the design of her ceramics and the lens of her camera. 

Artistic Process

In Emily Lovejoy's iconic portraits, the contrast between real and surreal is confronted through a lens of bold imagery and hypnagogic colors. Her subjects, seemingly existing in parallel worlds, tempt the viewer to stay and interpret their own projections. The goal is to invoke an emotional response through contemporary composition, and modern surrealism. It is important for Lovejoy to record her subjects and capture not only their likeness, but also a sense of their personality and they time they live in. "Portraiture is a calling I will never fully understand, but with each piece I glean fresh motives."

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