Emily Bartlett was born in Ventura County, California where she continues to reside and work. She is a fine artist currently working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at California State University, Channel Islands. Emily has been pursuing the creative medium of digital photography since high school, and has future plans of pursuing film photography as well. Her most recent body of work is a series focused on photographing individuals’ and family garages. This series is a portrayal of the individuals and families whose collective belongings reveal a narrative of who the individuals are and what they value by examining what they stow away. This body of work also acts as a social commentary on the inclination of American society to consume and possess excess. Juxtaposing these ideas against other like images the concept of this series is to reveal and or recognize the similarities and differences among people from various avenues of society and to examine the collective belongings within to build an abstracted portrait of individuals or families through examining the things they own and stow away in their garages.
Having spent the first five years of my life living in a converted garage apartment with my mom it's no wonder I have become fascinated with what people's garages hold inside. For me it was my home. It contained everything my mom and I owned, including five years' worth of memories. It took much creativity and love to convert that tiny garage into a livable space, let alone a home, however that's exactly what we accomplished and I would not trade growing up there for anything!
My concept for my work began with a curiosity for the treasures and so called "junk" people stow away in the recesses of their garages to collect dust and often never get touched again. I thought of what a wonderfully odd thing it would be to showcase, through photographic means, various people's garages juxtaposed side by side to display similarities and differences of what lies within each garage. In whatever manner we have chosen to transform our garages, it truly is really a reflection of the things we treasure and the activities we love. Our garages begin to transform into the very definition of a museum, "a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed."
Some people pile up boxes filled to the brim with family memories and treasures too precious to throw out or give away that they seemingly do not have space for within the livable confines of their homes. Some people convert their garages into home gyms, others workshops, or others still, studios for whatever creative past time tugs at their heartstrings. Our garages are more than simply added storage space conveniently located adjacent to our living quarters, they are essentially an extension or reflection of who we are, who we once were, and hopes of who we hope to one day become. It's strange to step back and consider all that our "junk" truly represents when we never stop to consider that every time we open our garage doors we are sharing a story of who we are and what we value to the world beyond the garage door.
California State University, Channel Islands
2011- Present BA Fine Art (Studio Option)
Ventura Community College
Dishwasher/ Bus Person, 2012 to present
Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon Café, Camarillo, CA
Clearing tables, washing and sanitizing dishes, sweeping, and keeping things orderly and clean.
Sales Associate, 2007 to present
Christian Family Supplies, Camarillo, CA
Opening and closing the store, serving and aiding customers with purchases, cleaning, placing special orders, checking in new product, creating product displays, taking inventories, answering a multiple line telephone
AWANA Childcare Provider 2007-2008
Camarillo Community Church, Camarillo, CA
Caring for and supervising children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years old.
Ventura County Fair Volunteer
Fishes & Friends Department 1998-2011
Setting up and breaking down displays, and supervising visitors that come through the aquarium exhibit
Fall 2008 Dean’s list
2013 First Prize Photography- CSUCI “Artapalooza” Gallery Show
I am proficient in various computer programs and software including: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Flash, After Effects etc. I also have studio lighting experience.
EXHIBITS AND GALLERY SHOWS
2013 “Excerpts 2” Palm Gallery Camarillo, CA (Invitational Group Show)
2013 “THE SHOW” 634 Project Space Ventura, CA (Juried Group Show)
2013 “Artapalooza” CSUCI Napa Hall Gallery Camarillo, CA