Emily Jalinsky is a mixed media printmaker, educator, and program director for the Iowa City Press Co-op, the educational community-access print/book arts studio at Public Space One. She received a BFA from the University of Kansas in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media. She lives and works in Iowa City, IA and was selected for the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibit in 2017. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at the Stanley Museum of Art, Film Scene, Iowa City, IA and CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA. Public Collections include the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City Public Library. She is passionate about community access education and has been a leading teacher at various institutions including the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS and currently at the IC Press Co-op. Addressing the state of mind in which art is made and how art affects a viewer’s mental state is one of Emily’s main objectives with her delicate works on paper, assemblages, and installations. She is currently working on a collection for a printmaking group exhibition at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Emily uses methods of centering and repetitive action to further the idea of finding stillness in any moment. The borders between inner and outer landscape, material and immaterial become intertwined. Lichen, a symbiotic and slow growing organism, is used as a symbol of resilience and continual growth, while patterns of gold and pools of water suggest an elevated state change. Since the birth of her daughter Emily has used her artwork, as her practice has always been, to bring a hyper-awareness to the swings of the mind and body. In her practice, Emily works in both printmaking and mixed media processes with a specialty in intaglio copper etching, watercolor, embroidery, and drawing. Pieces may be bound or layered together to create larger compositions, assemblages, and installations.