Emily J. Porter



As a Brooklyn-based artist with a background in apparel sample-making and costume building, I’m interested in exploring those things that connect us communally, whether it is a space, structure or visual identifiers. Handicraft is important as an identifier to every culture, but is mostly invisible in our Capitalist value system and digital world. Using traditional craft techniques in my work is part of my resistance to their devaluation and to the exploitation and dehumanization of the working poor that are characteristic of consumer Capitalism. Handicraft can also be a communal experience, and therefore a rich opportunity for building community.