Morning Grooming, 2021
Oil pastel on paper
About the Artist
Emily Gorum (b.1994, USA) is a visual artist whose recent drawings and small-scale sculptures represent self-examinations. Much of Emily's imagery comes from her adolescence—fishing at dusk, swimming in dirty lakes, running slowly in the heat. When feeling alone during the lockdowns, there was a compulsion to focus on her past and memories. The narratives reflect the magnificence, sadness, and beauty that nature can bring, but are also indicative of Emily's anxieties surrounding self-identity and isolation. Emily lives and works in New York, USA.
About the Artwork
Morning Grooming came from a dream I had. I had written in my phone notes immediately after waking up: “friend brushing my hair. Me sitting in a chair, him behind me, only torso and arms and hands. Me facing viewer. Head down maybe with hands in lap.” I could see the drawing in my head and I believe I started sketching it that night after work.