Film by Tess Wei '17 and Discussion with artist Emily Steinberg
Film and Discussion with Emily Steinberg
The List Gallery, Swarthmore College is pleased to present a filmed interview with Philadelphia-based artist Emily Steinberg. Directed by Tess Wei '17, the film premiered on December 16, 2020. To enjoy this virtual look into Steinberg’s studio, philosophies, and practice, simply click on the link below.
Emily Steinberg is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in the Philadelphia area for more than 30 years. She received an M.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 with a focus in oil painting, and has since expanded her practice, finding renewed focus and inspiration through creating autobiographical graphic narratives. Working in a wide range of media, from large-scale paintings to intimate pencil, watercolor and digital drawings, Steinberg carefully examines the epiphanies, absurdities, and turmoil in her personal life. Her autobiographical examinations include topics such as hip surgery, infertility, the Holocaust, and the climate crisis. Steinberg emphasizes the complexity of challenges facing humanity and offers insight on how to move forward.
Emily Steinberg’s graphic narratives have appeared in The New Yorker, Cleaver Magazine, and numerous publications in the field of graphic medicine. She has exhibited at 55 Mercer Gallery, New York; the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Crane Arts, Philadelphia; Penn State University; and Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia. Currently, Steinberg is the visual narrative editor for Cleaver Magazine and a lecturer in Art and Art History at Penn State University, Abington. Steinberg is the first humanities artist in residence at Drexel College of Medicine, where she works with medical students to translate their personal experiences into words and images.
This programming was made possible by the Kaori Kitao Endowment for the List Gallery.