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Emily Jalinsky

"Present Moment Trailing Thoughts," embroidery, graphite, metallic pen and ink on Rives BFK, 14"x14"

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In my recent work I have been focusing on the idea of mindfulness, not just taming the mind but finding a calm space within ourselves during any moment. In Francesca Abbate’s prose poem “Seedy Mysteries” I responded to the notion of letting the mind drift and crawl between present experiences and past observations. In the poem Montaigne labels this process as idleness. I think Abbate's poem challenges this label. I found Not Baby’s thought process to mimic the inevitable crawling, encroaching rhizomes setting root where they were not intended to grow. In my piece, the roots are disruptive with jagged freeform lines, and yet form their own balance with the rhythmic, underlining pattern.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Emily Jalinsky received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2012. Her print and mixed media work investigate the healing aspect of repetitive pattern and arranging, aiming to calm stressful or painful states of being. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at The Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS in July of 2016. Emily now lives and works in Iowa City, IA where she received a Public Space One free studio residency in 2014. Emily is now on the board for Public Space One and helps run the print shop for the Iowa City Press Co-op. See more of Emily’s work at emilyjalinsky.com

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