My work explores forces and life forms of the natural world as metaphors for human experiences of love, loss, grief, and wonder. Emerging from a repetitive process of rendering and erasure, the creation of these pieces parallels an endless pursuit of reconciling past with present, duration with impermanence, disjunction with continuity. Looking simultaneously both outward and inward, I seek to connect the realm of wilderness—its beauty, violence, power, and fragility—with our own internal ecologies.
Emily McIlroy received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 2005 and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2011. She has previously been the recipient of the Melusine Award in Painting, the John Young Scholarship in the Arts, the Geraldine P. Clark Memorial Fellowship in Painting, the H. John Heide Fellowship in Art and the UH Mānoa Graduate Teaching Fellowship. She has had recent solo exhibitions in Kaneohe, HI, Berea, KY and Las Vegas, NV. McIlroy currently teaches at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the Honolulu Museum of Art School and the Hawai'i State Art Museum. She is the author of One Half Living for Two: Cross-Cultural Paradigms of Twinship and Twin Loss.