Bio

Emily Marchand’s work focuses on climate change, food scarcity, agriculture, seed banks, and environmental degradation. Using clay and fabric, she makes ceramic objects and large textiles depicting iconography pertaining to the corporeal, elements in nature, and survival kit components. Marchand’s ceramic sculptures are built from extruded clay coils to resemble beehives, storage vaults, and honey jars. Implementing this basic method of pottery construction, she builds scaled-down monuments honoring materials in nature (honey, beeswax, plants, seeds) and the vessels that contain them. Using the sewing machine as a drawing tool, her textiles playfully abstract clip-art like symbology in an effort to complicate and re-examine our relationship to society and nature. Marchand received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Selected projects include Solarium at The Pit (Glendale, CA), A Thousand Lunches, Current: LA Food Public Art Triennial, homeLA, Genius Loci at Setareh Gallery (Düsseldorf, DE), Leaning Tower of Pisa at DXIX (Venice, CA), soft ammunition at NowSpace (Los Angeles, CA), and Artists + Institutions at MAK Center (Los Angeles, CA).