Hall of Conversion investigates the transformation of matter. The installation will be comprised of hanging scales that span the length of the Vestibule. Each scale will balance a set of cast glass sculptural pieces that share the same weight and volume. The glass pieces will shape shift from one form to the next, illustrating natural cycles of growth and decay, while retaining the same volumetric proportion. This piece serves as a reflection of our ever-changing, yet never dying, world. Our world is one of transformation and not destruction.
Emily Nachison’s work explores the human perception of nature. Drawing from anthropology, geology, and the decorative arts, the sculptures and installations are a hybrid of synthetic and natural accumulation. Mythology and New-Age idealism become starting points for an investigation into the cultural creation of landscape. Nachison’s process mimics organic growth and geological sediment, resulting in experiential installations using a variety of materials including fabric, glass, and wood.
LA-based Half Cut Tea made a short documentary about her life and studio practice, some of which was filmed at Disjecta.
About the Artist
Emily Nachison was born in San Diego and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Nachison was a recent artist in residence at Worksound Gallery, Portland, OR. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Bullseye Gallery in Portland, OR; Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA; Soil Gallery in Seattle, WA; Rabbithole Projects in Brooklyn, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
About the Vestibule
The Vestibule is an independent project space housed within Disjecta and dedicated to showing dynamic contemporary art. We are primarily interested in site-specific installations, collaborations, and any other original ideas that execute the space in exciting ways. The Vestibule was established December 2009.
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