Emily Orzech (MFA 2010)
I am interested in the intersection between embodied experience and social structures. My newest series, Family History, is a meditation on illness, caregiving, and the experience of navigating the broken healthcare system. In Turn, I re-enact the motion of turning someone over in bed using a blanket, an action that had to be repeated every two hours throughout the night. In this series I use self-portraiture as a way to reconstruct memory. The process of layering and sanding away these images, produced through over thirty layers of screenprint, mimics the simultaneous clarity and intangibility of these memories.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.