“I paint my paintings sometimes out of sheer pleasure- to celebrate something and make sure I record it. But sometimes, I feel like I just have to, like I’m compelled by some didactic force. And if I don’t paint the painting, it feels I’m doing a great disservice to the universe.”
Following a belief that inspiration can come from anywhere, Emilia’s decision to become an artist occurred exactly at age 8 after seeing the movie Crocodile Dundee (1986), where in the opening scenes there appears a woman painting.
Her work can be seen as a journey of the typical seeker: How can I make this life better and more free and overcome fear and heaviness? This manifests in paintings that usually depict phenomena that fall into one of these categories:
- (more infrequently) an analysis on of the state of despair itself
2. the journey of moving away from despair to the desired state
3. the desired state of ease, joy, peace and beauty
In this regard Emilia views painting as a form of journalistic practice both accessible and universal. Her strong subjective work is informed by studying International Politics at the George Washington University and from diverse cultural aesthetic techniques acquired in places as far ranging as Cuba, Spain, and Alaska. Her Norwegian and Chilean roots also influence her aesthetic.
Plein aire, portraiture, collage and free association are part of her creative process.