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Where is the Eternal Expanse? Artist Interviews
Name: Emilie Gervais
Age: Almost 16
Presented works: View Emilie's works here
Astrological sign: Pisces
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How long have you been showing artwork on the internet?
The first online work I exhibited was Trans Global Travel (transglobaltravel.biz), a time-based performative collaboration with Lucy Chinen created for Becoming, Not Being, a speedshow curated by Sterling Crispin in 2011. Prior to that, I was putting image files of some of my works on html pages to learn the basics of html. I also created a lot of videos that I posted on different YouTube accounts that are to this day all deleted, except one.
What about exhibiting online interests you?
I'm interested in the anarchist, liberal & cuckservative ideas and opportunities that the internet opens space for. My enthusiasm with online exhibitions and works that are internet based mainly comes from these interests. I also find the fragility of the non-materiality versus materiality of online works very appealing.
All artists have been asked to contribute two works for this exhibition. How do your works relate to one another? Is there a specific point of entry or reference that inspired these pieces?
They resonate together aesthetically & metaphorically. There is no specific point of entry or reference that inspired these pieces.
Is there a pop culture reference that illustrates or inspires these worlds?
In the wake of countless unpleasant realities, do you see escapism and fantasy as critical tools that can allow us to better understand the present?
I don’t really see escapism and fantasy as great critical tools, but I do believe they can be used as such and also, allow us to better understand the present.
Leon Battista Alberti theorized that painting should act as a window to the world. Can the screen act as a portal to worlds unknown?
Yes, both to unknown fantasy and non-fantasy world.
What are other themes or formats have you been exploring in your work as of late?
Lately, I’ve been coding, drawing and taking a lot of notes.
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