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 in San Diego, California, in 1984. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. She has been included in exhibitions across the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon; New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces; and University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary, Reno. In 2018, she was awarded a Project Grant from Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council. Endo was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Artist Residency, New York, and The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, in 2016. She has lectured at the American Craft Council, Portland Art Museum, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Interior Design, art ltd., Frontrunner Magazine, and Bad at Sports. From 2013 to 2018, Endo served as the Fibers Department Chair at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. She is currently the co-director of Dust to Dust and the High Desert Observatory. Endo lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and Joshua Tree, California.