Artist Statement, Emma Jahoda-Brown
The Architecture of Loneliness is an ongoing project that I have been forming over several years of living alone in two cities. I am exploring how loneliness affects engagement with one’s physical surroundings, and how the feeling of loneliness reveals a vocabulary of emptiness within the outside world. Probably my experience of large cities is a common one, an unceasing overload of competing commercial and disconnected information. In my daily life, I try to find human, emotional aspects in things that appear vacant, through light, form, composition, and circumstance. The beings in my images, living and non-living, exist in worlds that are exclusive and which barely touch. I am interested in the ways they intersect and what is at stake when they do. I feel I am perpetually attempting to break through, to dissolve the architecture that separates us.
The most recent work I have begun, Multiplied by One, is an exploration of the interior spaces of people who live alone. I am focusing on each person’s living space without them being present, and how their visible environment reveals information about the consequences of living alone emotionally and aesthetically, economically and socially. Ultimately, I am curious about how the self is experienced in a markedly different way in the home than it is expressed in the outside world.
These days, my questions about what it means to be alive are mixed with what it means to be an artist. My identity as an artist comes with a responsibility to respond to life in a critical way, to inquire, and to search for solutions, not only problems. I see my work not as statements, but as evidence and lineages of questioning. I am propelled by what I don’t know and what I feel familiar with. Finding what is common among us, and ways in which people intersect without realizing it, are themes that interest me.