"I am interested in capturing the movement of the body, not an idealized form. Through the technique of blind contour drawing, I am able to turn off the logical, cognitive part of my brain and focus on how I see the line of the body at that moment. My hope is to remove preconceived notions of what I think the body should look like and draw what I see. It is important to note that each painting is one person. After I finish the contour drawing, I never redraw the lines. I only apply paint to enhance the aesthetics of the body’s movement."
Emmie Sherertz was born and raised in Northwest Alabama. She attributes her experiences with southern beautician rituals as influential in her current work. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University. At Auburn, her involvement with her sorority further developed her interest in femininity and habits that encourage the notion of beauty.
Before graduate school Emmie worked at a job that exposed her to women searching for impossible beauty ideals. This experience led her to explore the notion of beauty and what influences that notion. Emmie believes we see ourselves through the lens of others and this unavoidable idea should be acknowledged. However, Emmie enjoys seeking experiences that encourage commonality.
During her time at the University of Alabama, Emmie received a Master of Arts degree. She explored many different mediums including wax, plastic, ceramic, and paint. She had the opportunity to construct large interior abstract installations. The installations, or “forms” as she calls them, were her attempt to portray commonality through the interior visceral self.
After graduation, Emmie spent four years in Northern California where she was able to diversify her encounters with women of all ages and ethnicities. Continuing with her interest in femininity and the body, Emmie began to create blind contour images that were drawn from the live nude model. Emmie wanted to capture the movement of the body and not focus on a preconceived notion of what the body should look like.
Currently Emmie lives and works in Columbus, MS where she teaches painting at the Columbus Arts Council. Emmie’s present work explores womanhood and the relationships women have with their bodies. She credits childbirth for allowing her to have a more intimate knowledge of the body, its capabilities and stereotypes that describe the body. Emmie plans to continue using two- dimensional and three-dimensional works to challenge the notion of societal beauty.