Acrylic, plaster, and salt on stretched canvas
Emily Wilker (b. 1991 Springfield, MO) is a Providence-based visual artist working primarily in mixed media composed of materials such as acrylic, latex, woodclay, and plaster. Using paint both representationally as well as a sculptural tool, she expands on contemporary landscape painting through the use of reflection, optical mixing, and the plasticity of her mediums. Through the combination of observational painting, dreams and memory, and natural phenomena found in nature, Wilker creates vibrant, layered paintings finding roots in the history of impressionism, fauvism and the color field movement. Wilker received her BFA in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013, and her Masters of Fine Art at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2021. Professionally, she has continued to further her practice by working as a studio assistant, instructing as faculty in the Painting Department at RISD, Gallery Assistant and Community Manager at Jen Tough Gallery (Santa Fe) and participating in multiple group and solo exhibitions in Missouri, Texas, California, New Mexico, Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts. Emily currently resides in the historic district of Albion, RI and enjoys gardening, biking, and strolling along the Blackstone River.