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Diary of Days

  • MASTHEAD Print Studio/Gallery 208 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19123 United States (map)

Emma Wasielke (b. 1987) is an artist who grew up on Long Island, New York. Wasielke attended Suffolk County Community College and went onto to earn her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she pursued drawing, fibers, and hanging out with graffiti kids. After graduating, Wasielke returned to Long Island and began to document the lives of her friends through photorealistic charcoal portraits. These drawings captured her peers navigating the emotional space between youth and adulthood. Inspired by the indie comics artists Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine, early 90s Riot Grrrl zines, and the Mission School, Wasielke creates artwork that negotiates the bounds between the temporal and permanent through a visual diary of fleeting moments in our everyday lives. Wasielke recently received an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Wasielke’s work is composed of drawings, animations, zines, and video installations, that explore transience, the end of youth, and the desire for intimacy amid new and old forms of technology and communication; devices and methods that in some ways can make us feel more linked, but also more alone. Executed in black and white, her work is a reference to the disposability of the xeroxed zines and punk rock ephemera she has been consuming and collecting since her youth. Wasielke’s work indicates a yearning to connect and creates a window into the world she sees, one where the young women who occupy it grapple with the impermanence of their neighborhoods, their friendships, their love lives, and themselves.