Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode, we’re talking with Emma Vidal.
The evocative drawings and sculptures by Emma Vidal lure the viewer into a world where time is suspended. In this environment human beings are depicted as a tribe of feral children named the “Lost Boys”. Often naked, tattooed with baroque style patterns and graffiti—they appear to be engaged in some sort of quest picking through the detritus of a destroyed civilization to birth a new world built on myth, wonder and mystery.
Born in Marseille, France in 1992, Vidal graduated from The Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design London in 2014 and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She also holds an Art Market master degree from The INSEEC Business School Paris. Since 2016 she has been based in St. Louis, MO where she discovered her love of ceramic in St. Louis studio at the Intersect Arts Center.
In 2018 she was included in Volta Art Basel in Switzerland and DDessin Drawing Art Fair Paris in France. Since 2012, Vidal has been exhibiting her work in prestigious institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum London, Plymouth Arts Center, the Intersect Arts Center St. Louis, the Wellcome Collection Museum London, the Royal West of England Academy Bristol and the Jerwood Space London. Solo exhibitions include the Oneiro Gallery Paris, Hoffman Lachance Contemporary St. Louis and Espace12 Marseille. Her work is currently installed at Gallery 210 as part of the Exposure 21: Three Myths Exhibition.
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
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With Emma Vidal and Joe Kohlburn
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Producer – Brett Williams