My fervor to ferret— facts to photographs to found objects—manifests itself in collecting, recycling, reinterpreting and re-purposing. I am inspired by potential exchanges between the representational and nonobjective, ideas of absence and presence, and materials and techniques. I create to understand the surrounding world, document discoveries, and reveal ties to places, things and to one another.
“Like many contemporary artists, Emily Trespas is a forager. Collecting photographs, found objects, and other ephemera, Trespas repurposes diverse materials in service of mixed-media collages that bring together disparate imagery to form dynamic visual exchanges. …Working intuitively, the artist cuts, crops, colors, and assembles magazine clippings into unlikely narratives. …Trespas transforms her source materials into striking abstract compositions that fuse past with present, and what is real with what is imaginary.”
Stephanie Sparling Williams, PhD
Associate Curator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA