In my sculptural and installation work I use cast glass, natural materials, and found objects. I am drawn to the disparate, yet conjoined, histories of science and mysticism and the ways this combination manifests in the mythologization of natural phenomena, metamorphosis in particular. In my recent work, the fragmented body, beautification, and corporeal self-expression intersect with fantasy and idealized representations of the female body, creating references to ancient and modern ritual purification as a means to simultaneously celebrate the body and transcend its materiality. For me, the transformation into and absorption of the ephemeral speaks to the yearning to connect to the universe and escape from the trappings of a body that at times is alien to myself.
Emily Endo (née Nachison) was born and raised in San Diego, California. They received a BFA in fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Endo served as a faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft from 2010-2018 and as the Chair of the OCAC Fibers Department from 2013-2018. From 2010 - 2018 they worked as a mentor and committee member in the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft Applied Craft + Design MFA program. Emily has worked with students of all ages and abilities; from 2010-2012 they taught visual arts classes at PHAME Academy for adults with developmental disabilities and children’s wilderness survival and craft classes at Trackers NW. Endo has exhibited and lectured internationally at venues such as the Scottish Glass Art Society (Glasgow, UK), The Byre (Latheronwheel, UK), the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Their work has been featured in American Craft, Interior Design, Art Ltd. and Frontrunner.