#FellowsFriday Takeover: Emily Barletta

#FellowsFriday Takeover: Emily Barletta

See you on Instagram for a #FellowsFriday takeover!

Art and artists. Bringing both to life on Instagram through #FellowsFriday, where the work of one NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow is highlighted on NYFA’s Instagram account. This Friday, December 16, will be a special #FellowsFriday edition, as Emily Barletta (Fellow in Crafts ‘09) takes over the account to give us an exclusive preview of her upcoming shows. Tune in at @nyfacurrent! 

If Emily’s work inspires you, see it IRL in the following exhibitions: 

Red Matters
When: January 15, 2017 – April 30, 2017
Where: Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
Curated by Heather Cammarata-Seale, Ph.D.

Underlying system is not known: Current trends in pattern and repetition
When: January 7 – February 18
Where: Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

In the Details
When: January – March 2017
Where: SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT

Emily Barletta Bio

People speak about the scars left behind by the traumas of war. They do not often speak about
the scars left behind from day-to-day living. There is the constant push and pull of light and
dark, the violence that exists in the natural world, and the uncontrollable affects on the psyche
when faced with the necessity to survive. What I am trying to do is keep a record of these
things, by hand sewing on paper, each stitch becomes a mark focusing in on one small
moment. I can create a tiny intersection that slows down time and records it. Whether it is only
using blood red threads, or playing with landscape colors, the needle allows me to create a
mental space slower than the rest of the day. In which I can put the needle into the paper, pull it
through, taut, and start again, creating delicate worlds that are softer and kinder than this. 

Emily Barletta is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Through hand embroidery on paper
she strives to keep a record of time and the human experience, through the simple act of
mark-making, the stitch. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 2003. She
received a New York Foundation for the Arts NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in 2009 and a Pollock-Krasner Grant in
2011. Her work has been praised in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baltimore
CityPaper, The Village Voice, City Arts Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts
Magazine, and Foam Magazine. She regularly exhibits her artwork at a variety of galleries and

Learn more about Emily at emilybarletta.com.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 cash grants to artists living in New York State. Be sure to follow NYFA on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.


This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Courtesy of Emily Barletta (Fellow in Crafts ‘09)

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