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Emma Hirst B. 1988
Emma Hirst
B. 1988
Graphite on paper
8 x 10 inches
Emma Hirst
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
“Nesting” is the female piece of a set of drawings meant to explore gender roles as defined by nature, versus those altered or accentuated through culture. In nature, gender seems to assign certain roles for reproduction and the survival of the species. However, when modern culture influences aspects of reproduction and survival—gender--roles can be significantly changed. The empty nest is intended to represent the shift in the traditional female role from care-taker and homemaker to primary bread winner.

Not only are female roles being shifted in the family dynamic but in how they contribute to society as well. In developed countries especially, reproduction is no longer considered the most important or best way to pitch in for the greater good, and therefore more dynamic and complex roles are emerging.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA and has always had a passion for Representationalism. After creating art as a hobby her entire life, she was introduced to Anthony Waichulis’ artwork at John Pence gallery in San Francisco, CA - just across the bay from where she grew up. This sparked an unexpected journey into what is now the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. After studying at The Waichulis Studio in 2006 for 3 weeks as a part of her senior project for Drew College Preparatory School, she went on to study Political Science for two years at Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts at The New School University in NY. Deciding that this wasn’t for her, she began to follow her true passion for art and began the Waichulis program full time, in fall of 2008.

Since beginning her apprenticeship with Anthony Waichulis, Emma has been featured in several successful exhibitions and noted publications. Her drawing, Peace has appeared in the Artist’s Magazine’s popular Drawing Board segment. Her drawing Crayon Ponyfish was featured in Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line. And her drawing A Girls Interior was a finalist in the 2010 ARC Salon competition. She continues to exhibit work at Studio Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
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