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Emma Hirst B. 1988
Emma Hirst
B. 1988
Graphite on paper
10 x 8 inches
Emma Hirst
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
“Peacocking” is a the male piece of this set and is meant to examine the role of sexual selection in nature, and how that has changed in the wake of modern society. The term “peacocking” refers to when a male shows off in order to attract a mate, the way a peacock will display his feathers to attract a peahen. When choosing a mate, what is important now is not necessarily the same as what once was in a time where survival of the species was the main goal. In modern society we are not confined to the roles that nature have assigned us. Males no longer have to be the providers, and the protectors. This change not only brings on freedom from those responsibilities, but also a void in the male gender identity. When the peacock feathers are stripped of their color, as they are in this piece, they represent that void. If the color is no longer relevant for the sexual selection, the peacock must rely on other indicators to showcase their worth.
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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