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Biography

 

Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist based in upstate New York. Her multidisciplinary projects address normalised symptoms of human-ecological disassociation, and related violence against ancient, interspecies models of collaboration. In her work, materials such as earth, root vegetables and forest debris collide with unilateral and mechanical forces. These performative works play at the boundaries of the absurd, questioning our desires for control, how we evaluate intelligence, and our relationships with the earth itself.​ Recent sites of intervention include superstores, museums and recreational areas of forest.

Image courtesy of Sean Hemmerle 

Houssart’s work is included in Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, curated by Tal Beery, and Rooted: Art + Land as part of the Hudson Valley Upstate Art Weekend (both upcoming in 2021). Previous exhibitions include Forest Geometries (solo installation and performance), Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; Damaged Goods (solo), Norwich Millennium Library, UK; and If We Opened People Up We’d Find Landscapes, Fairhurst Gallery, UK. She recently co-curated EARTHBOUND, pop-up, NYC, international exchange show EXPORT 19 at Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, NY, and the Catalytics series at Arts Mid-Hudson, NY. Previous residencies include Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and Print to the People, UK. As 2021 Artist in Residence at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY, she is guest curator of the exhibition DIRT: Inside Landscapes and is leading a series of interactive public projects to disrupt the barriers between the museum, the public and the surrounding land.

Originally from Norwich, UK, Houssart gained a BA Hons. from the University of Durham, UK, and studied drawing, painting and sculpture for three years at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. She is currently an Instructor and Sustainability Faculty Fellow at SUNY New Paltz, and an Instructor at Fall Kill Print Works and the Woodstock School of Art. Houssart has taught at Vassar College, West Point Military Academy, the Charles H. Cecil Studios and the British Institute of Florence. She was a founding Studio Assistant at PUF Print Studio/Fall Kill Print Works, and has led classes and workshops in sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking internationally since 2007.

 

Selected shows

2022

Paranatural: Beyond Paper, Remarque Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM (upcoming)

2021     

Rooted: Art + Land, Dorsky Museum/Wallkill Valley Land Trust for Hudson Valley Upstate Art Weekend (upcoming Aug 27-29)

Owning Earth, curated by Tal Beery, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY (upcoming, opening June 26)

DIRT: Inside Landscapes, interactive show and community projects, curator, Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY (open until July 11)

2020    

Fragments of a New Reality, Rotunda gallery, SUNY New Paltz, NY

EARTHBOUND, co-curator with Hayoon Jay Lee, pop-up show, 1110 2nd Ave, Suite 200, NYC

2019     

Saturnalia (solo), co-curator with Andrés San Millán, interactive with Parade of Lights costumes made by community volunteers, Cunneen-Hackett Theater Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Forest Geometries (solo with performance), Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

Environment, Process, Meditation, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

PRINTFEST 2019, IPCNY at 550 W. 29th St, NYC

Sanctuary (Walmart Forest) (solo), Rotunda Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, NY

Potatocube, various locations, Hudson Valley, NY

New Skin, Old Ceremonies, Old Shoe Factory Social Club, St. Mary's Works, Norwich, UK

If We Opened People Up We'd Find Landscapes, Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich, UK

EXPORT 2019, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Flip Side, curated by Monica Church, Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, NY

2018     

Damaged Goods (solo), Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, Norwich, UK

Paperplay, (duo) with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

Catalytics II, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

2017     

Catalytics, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

100! Women Artists Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, curated by Bibiana Matheis, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

32-Hour Projects, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

2016     

We Are Here, curated by Xuewu Zheng, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

Portraits 16, curated by Florence Northcutt, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

Trolley Barn, photography exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

2014     

Just Women / Just Drawing, curated by Bibiana Matheis, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Beekman Street Artist Banners, juried, public two-year installation, Beacon, NY

The Print Show, juried, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY

2013     

Day of the Dead Contemporary, 385 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY

Nucleus, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Drawing Show, Pump Project, Austin, TX

2012     

Cantanker: THE END, juried catalog and show, Big Medium, Austin, TX
Intaglio, Lithography and Silkscreen from Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, Jonathan Abrams Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
SLUGFEST, Stars of Austin Gallery, Austin Bergstrom Airport, TX
The Drawing Show, Pump Project, Austin, TX
The People's Gallery, juried show, City Hall, Austin, TX

2007     

Guest Artist, Norwich Art Now, Norwich Fringe, UK

2006     

Gang of Four, St. Margaret's Church, Norwich, UK

2003     

Solo show, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, UK

 

Residencies

 

2021

Artist in Residence, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2019

Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

2018

Print To The People, Norwich, UK 

Education

State University of New York at New Paltz, MFA, 2019-

Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy 2002-04 (scholarship awards), 2005-06

University of Durham, UK, BA Hons., 1998-2002

 

Teaching

 

Emilie is currently an Instructor at SUNY New Paltz, the Woodstock School of Art, NY and at Fall Kill Print Works, Poughkeepsie, NY. She has taught classes and workshops internationally since 2003, including at Vassar College, NY, West Point Military Academy, NY, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Italy, and the British Institute of Florence, Italy. Emilie teaches private classes, workshops and individually tailored group sessions for adults, from beginners to advanced students.

CV and resumé available upon request.