SPARC Gallery Exhibition, EMILY de Araújo—Works on Paper

 The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present the exhibition EMILY de Araújo—Works on Paper at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street.  Claudia Bohn-Spector, founding partner at MICRONAUT, an independent curatorial design firm in South Pasadena, organized the exhibition.

For the works in this show, d’Araújo started with leftovers—projects she had abandoned or rejected earlier because they didn’t fit her vision for her work at the time.  Her parameters were: don’t buy anything new, work with what you already have.  As she worked toward this exhibition, she returned to old drawings and unfinished prints.  Stencils and cut-outs, remainders from former collages were her starting points. Her techniques are a natural outgrowth of my printmaking roots, reminiscent of cut-outs of French modernist Henri Matisse.

“Paper is ancient. Paper lasts. It’s relatively inexpensive and viewers are familiar with it,” d’Araújo notes. “I don’t need to work with rare materials or have a specialized practice. […] I used to worry that I don’t have much to say, because I returned again and again to certain images. But […] elements may shift, ideas can be stripped down, reordered or understood in a new way. My characters are clouds, bodies, storms, eggs, roots, bombs. They are not new and my plots may vary little. But for me, they remain charged with possibility and power.”

Emily d’Araújo
Eclectic Punch, 2017
Punched paper, stickers, acrylic gloss medium, and colored pencil
Courtesy of the artist

Emily de Araújo received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2001) and a BFA from California College of the Arts (1995). Trained as a printmaker, her work of the past sixteen years has focused on drawing and installation practices with forays into the use of unusual media, such as tarps, tape and grommets for drawing. Araújo has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include The Age of Revolution at Side Street Projects, Pasadena, California; Negative Space at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California; Drawings/Text at Stiftung Futur, Rapperswil, Switzerland;  Holes and Shadows at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dirty Bombs e Outras Idéias at Casa do Brasil, Madrid, Spain. Araújo was artist-in-residence at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles in 2006 and at Stiftung Futur in Rapperswil, Switzerland in 2007 and a member of the Los Angeles Art Association from 2005-2010.



EMILY de Araújo—Works on Paper exhibit will be on view at the SPARC Gallery from January 6 – February 23, 2018.

Artist reception to be held January 6, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at SPARC Gallery. Check out The South Pasadena Review events calendar for details on this and other local events.

The SPARC Gallery is located at 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. SPARC Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5 pm or by appointment. Please call the Chamber office before arriving. 626-441-2339.


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Harry Yadav has served as the Editor of the South Pasadena Review since January of 2018. Born and raised in South Pasadena, Harry graduated from South Pasadena High School in 2012, where he played golf and basketball and wrote for the Tiger newspaper. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.