I created temporary tattoos with found images of erosion patterns. As the temporary tattoo fades away so will the pattern, just as it does in nature.
nip slip (after sarah lucas)
I created pins with images of fried eggs and wore one on each breast after Sarah Lucas’ “Self Portrait with Fried Eggs”. I wore the pins to a party and had my sister arrive an hour later wearing the same pins, forcing unknowing party goers to engage with our sexuality and gender stereotypes.
Raised Right (2018) is a book that features collected images, video stills and drawings of my father and I. Each spread features a composition in which images of my father are in juxtaposition with texts or images of myself, allowing the reader to examine our own relationship while simultaneously revealing larger truths about gender, childhood, education and upbringing.
nip slip party
Emily Reimer, Bre Rowley, Sydney Coles
We created more than 75 pairs of matching pins. The images on the pins included pepperoni, fried eggs, citrus fruits, pancakes, doughnuts and pizza. While at a party in a bar, we asked participants if they would like a pair of buttons to place on their shirts, with the stipulation that they’re worn on their nipples. By the end of the night, people felt like they were a part of a collective project. They were swapping pins and wearing them in a mischievous performance of gender and sexuality.
Two into One
Two Into One is a video that borrows the lip synching strategy from Gillian Wearing’s original video of the same name. I filmed my parents one Saturday morning for as long as they would let me. As I continued to antagonize them they became more and more self conscious. I later dressed in quick drag and lip synched to their complaints and concerns regarding the camera to create an abject and heightened reality of their own fears of being shown “not at their best”
two into one
ear plug earrings
Non functional earrings in the shape of standard ear plugs that act as accessories to be worn out. They act as gentle reminders to protect your ears in social settings.
I pretended to be a bridesmaid shopping for a gown. What started as a simple gesture became twisted into an elaborate web of lies. I invented a wedding, a bride, fake requirements for my dress, and filled out a customer file with the boutique. I was waited on, measured and fitted, and rebooked for a second appointment, only to never be heard from again.
I created small scale bean bag shaped objects to explore ideas around the sports body, thinking about self image, commitment, discomfort and motivation. The objects are slouchy, misshapen, and insecure yet adorn their jersey numbers with pride and humility.
the mennonite treasury of recipes (as drawn by a ten year old)
A collaborative cookbook illustrated by my 10 year old cousin. The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes is a cookbook that describes old and absurd recipes with no images to help describe the desired outcome. I was interested in exploring my unfamiliar relationship to my family’s mennonite background. I invited my ten year old cousin to interpret some of the book’s most incomprehensible recipes and draw what she thinks they might look like. The awkward and funny nature of her drawings illuminate the reality of living at a distance from one’s own heritage.
wig? is an ongoing collaboration between Emily Reimer and Jonah Strub. The photographic, video, and performative works offer an intimate examination into the act of dressing up as both artists search for a common language within queer semiotics and the art of drag.
I asked my father to teach me how to shave. This was my first time shaving, and as I have no male siblings, it was my dad's first time teaching someone how to shave as well. The result is an innocent yet mischievous complication of ideas around gender, difference, upbringing and family.
Father Daughter Shaving Lesson
Memorabilia are assemblages of found, created and printed objects. They reference the visual language of a teenage diary conflated with the amateur sports world. The underlying images are digitally distorted video frames from an elementary school basketball game in which the fumbling vulnerability of the sports body is revealed.