Addressing the state of mind in which art is made and how art affects a viewer’s mental state is one of Emily Jalinsky’s main objectives with her delicate works on paper, assemblages and printstallations. She engages with mindfulness as a meditative act in the studio and as a way to visually bring hyper-awareness to body sensations and surrounding spaces through organic forms and repetitive patterns. Emily received a BFA in printmaking in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. She now lives and works in Iowa City and was selected for the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibit in 2017. Emily is passionate about working alongside other artists and contributing to local arts communities. She is a member of the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids feminist art collective, Bluestockings, and is a member, teacher, and Program Coordinator at the IC Press Co-op at Public Space One, Iowa City, IA.
Emily’s recent work seeks to reveal the meditative act of mindfulness. Repetitive patterns and arranging serve as a way to alleviate states of hopelessness and anxiety. 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 elusive and yet present spiritual expanse. In her practice, Emily works with relief, silkscreen, and intaglio printing processes. Pieces may be stained with tea leaves, painted with watercolor, drawn on, embroidered, bound together; but always with a delicate, controlled sensibility. Her work moves between the worlds of print and mixed media, emphasizing the use of the multiple. Emily continually combines smaller pieces together to create larger compositions including prints, assemblages, and installations.