Emily Maddigan was born in Metro Detroit Michigan, studied at Michigan State University and California State University Long Beach, including several study abroad programs in Mexico and various countries in Africa.
Emily is interested in making work than elevates material and process beyond expectation. Beach trash, inner tubes, rugs, sequins, and almost anything else at her disposal can be manipulated and re-interpreted to beautify or break down an object’s form. Emily is passionate about ﬁnding new media to work with and creating bodies of work that are unique and open to interpretation. The result is art that surprises, seduces and sometimes unsettles the viewers relationship to any given piece. Emily is interested in blurring the line between ﬁne art and craft.
Most recently, Emily Maddigan creates sculptures based on recovered and damaged hunting mounts. These animals (mostly found on Craig’s List) are in dire need of repair- and new homes. Although hunting provokes diﬀerent responses from diﬀerent people, she welcomes the opportunity to revitalize each piece with meticulous care. Emily appreciates how art allows her to address all these dichotomies at once, masculine-feminine. Elegant and disheveled. New and old.