Emily Jalinsky is a mixed media printmaker, educator, and arts organizer. She received a BFA from the University of Kansas in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media. She is the Program Coordinator for the Iowa City Press Co-op, an educational, community-access printmaking and book arts studio at Public Space One. This is a contemporary art center in Iowa City, IA. She was selected for the honor of being in the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibit at the State Capital, Des Moines, IA, in 2017. Emily has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, most recently through the Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA and CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA. Public Collections include the UI Mood Disorder’s Clinic for a new specialized treatment center and the Iowa City Public Library for the Art Purchase Prize and Art-To-Go collection. She is passionate about affordable community-access art education, teaching at various institutions, including the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS and is currently teaching intaglio, collagraph, and monoprint workshops and private lessons at the Iowa City Press Co-op. Addressing the state of mind in which art is created 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 contributing to the multidisciplinary Parent Skins project by Emilia White and is exhibiting in a printmaking group exhibition at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2019.
Emily Jalinsky uses her studio practice as a means to explore visual representations of changing mental states such as depression, anxiety, and exhaustion. Through implementing mindfulness, repetition, and ritual into her studio practice, she brings the feelings of each piece into a state of contemplation and stillness. She represents sensations in the body and surrounding spaces through semi-abstract organic forms and repetitive patterns. Throughout different bodies of work, she uses lichen, a slow growing symbiotic organism, as a symbol of resilience and continual growth. Most recently, since the birth of her daughter, Emily’s work brings hyper-awareness to the swings of the mind and body in relationship to the tender and taxing stages of early motherhood.
In her practice, Emily primarily works on paper in varying printmaking and mixed media processes. She specializes in intaglio copper etching and implements other mediums such as collage, watercolor, embroidery, and drawing. Pieces are often layered together to create larger compositions, assemblages, and installations. She works as a process-based artist, allowing each layer to inform the next while working between multiple pieces and series at a time. This allows her to fluidly work between different mediums and themes depending on what the pieces need and where her energy needs to go, and if anything should simmer and incubate. Often pieces are in process for months or years before reaching completion or being incorporated into a larger work. Her intuitive process and focus on materiality and arranging also carry over into how the work is presented and installed.
Individual pieces and gallery exhibitions are conceptually designed to prompt a moment of centering and stillness. The overall effect invokes quiet contemplation due to the subtle colors and tenderness within the work. However, even with the delicate sensibility brought by the artist, imbedded throughout is evidence of the shaky hand, dark overwhelms, unburdening, and the fervent need for nature and ritual as a source for solitude.