Emma Shapiro uses a fluidity of media to discuss memory, empathy, and ancestry with and within the body. Using her own body as her primary tool, Ms. Shapiro seeks to represent the human and female form as a timeless event, ephemeral yet fixed through genealogical and physical memory.
Ms. Shapiro grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, the middle of three sisters and the daughter of a capital defense attorney and a writer. Through her family's close connection to gruesome and public events, and the lawful processes following, she learned the importance of empathy, and the value of one life. She sees her own body as a vessel for ancestral history -- her own family lost to anti-semitism and the Irish Famine -- and thus a primal act of resistance against injustice, and a representation of hope.
Ms. Shapiro graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, after which she created a successful and personally inspiring career as an artist's model. This career has led to a drawing philosophy which she is asked to teach at a variety of schools and universities, and the birth of her own body of work. Ms. Shapiro utilizes a fluidity of media, including video, performance, photography, and paper.