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Dreaming Between Memories
October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rachel Emenaker’s art explores cultures and memories, both collective and individual. She places high emphasis on how things are mixed and entwined in a complicated and beautiful way mainly as a result of globalization.
As our world becomes more globalized, we find ourselves caught in tension between cultures, languages, thoughts, and ways of life. My entire life has been lived in this tension, being Armenian-American, and growing up between South America, Russia, and California. I have had to navigate and become familiar with the tension that comes when conflicting cultures and traditions are asked to live together. It is seen in how we as humans speak, talk, love, create, worship and ultimately, see and understand ourselves, others, and the world around us. I am interested in how, when conflicting ideas and cultures live together, the resulting tension has the power to both create and distort beauty simultaneously. My work explores and focuses on the tension, chaos, and new ideas that are created when we pull and borrow from cultures resulting in images that are reminiscent, but at the same time foreign.