Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist based in upstate New York. Her multidisciplinary projects expose normalised symptoms of human-ecological disassociation, engaging particularly with superstores and industrial agriculture in an era of increasing respect for ancient, interspecies models of collaboration. Colliding the organic with the mechanical, delicacy with violence, and naturally interdependent chance systems with geometric constraints, she uses biodegradable land materials such as forest debris, root vegetables and handmade papers to focus attention on sophisticated and imperiled ecologies underfoot. Her 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.​

Image courtesy of Sean Hemmerle 

Houssart’s work is included in Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, curated by Tal Beery, and Paranatural: Beyond Paper at Remarque Print Workshop, NM (both delayed to 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 Artist in Residence at the Dorsky Museum of Art, NY, in 2021, she will curate the exhibition DIRT: Inside Landscapes and lead 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 at SUNY New Paltz, 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 Studio Assistant at PUF Print Studio and Fall Kill Print Works, and has led classes and workshops in sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking internationally since 2007.

 

Selected shows:

2021     

Owning Earth, curated by Tal Beery, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY (delayed to 2021)

Paranatural: Beyond Paper, Remarque Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM (delayed to 2021)

2020    

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

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 

2017 - present

Long-term resident artist, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

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 2007, 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.

 

 

 

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