Physical objects from the past, more often than events, inform the artist’s subject matter. When Counts’ mother built an outdoor-shaped playhouse for her during early childhood, the artist became captivated by the volcano. Part of her process is the complex task of revisiting and unraveling the specific childhood fascinations that she finds equally compelling today. Viewing these remembered objects and spaces as building blocks, the artist’s exploration of identity and the formation of self are recurrent themes in her work. Incorporated in installations are numerous instances of sculptural self-portraits, expressing the multi-faceted nature of personality.
“I am compelled by the notion of transforming the mental landscape into a physical landscape that others can inhabit and move through, an environment that physically manifests a psychological atmosphere.” -Emily Counts
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