Biography

Sarah Emerson (b. 1974 Port Huron, MI) is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape.  She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape. Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and completed her Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000.  She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including White Columns, New York; Cosmic Gallery (Cargnel Bugada), Paris; the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada; Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, California; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida; and the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her work has been published in Noplaceness: Art in a Post Urban Landscape, Stickers Deluxe: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, and New American Paintings in 2012, 2007, and 2003. She was awarded the 2014/2015 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant selected by Siri Engberg, Senior Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  Emerson was the 2014/15 Kirk Visiting Artist Fellow at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Currently, she teaches painting and drawing at Agnes Scott College. Emerson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection: