Portfolio > Family History

I am interested in the intersection between embodied experience and social structures. My newest series, Family History, is a meditation on illness, caregiving, and the experience of navigating the healthcare system. The work, which represents a departure from my previous focus on urban space, was catalyzed by my partner’s diagnosis with genetic cancer. Many of the works in this series focus on motion, sometimes through self-portraiture. In this work I use a process of layering screenprint and then sanding in it away as a way to capture the ways that memory both very sharp in some places and also seems fleeting and unreal.

Emily Orzech, Fold, sanded screenprint on panel
sanded screenprint on panel
36” x 24”
2018
Emily Orzech, Refrigerator: cachexia, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel, 2018
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
24”x 36”
2018
Emily Orzech, Bath, sanded screenprint on panel, 2018
sanded screenprint on panel
36” x 24”
2018
Turn, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
24 x 36 in
2017
Title: Prognostications, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel, 36 x 24 in
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
36 x 24 in
2017
Emily Orzech, Decisions, sanded screenprint on panel, 2019
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
36” x 24”
2019
Emily Orzech, Resonance, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel, 2019
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
2019
Room
sanded screenprint on panel
36" x 24" x 1.5"
2017
Dreaming
sanded screenprint on panel
36" x 24" x 1.5"
2017
Distance
sanded screenprint on panel
20” x 16”
2018
Title: Bedside, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
36 x 24
2017
Title: Swollen Feet, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
36 x 24 in
2016
Title: Family History, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
24 x 36 in
2017
Title: Chemo, sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
sanded screenprint and graphite on panel
2016