Artist and craftsperson, Emily McBride’s explores themes of desire, sensations of touch and visual stimulus, and relationships between the self, one’s landscapes and a digital interface.
Her sculptural glass forms use repetitive and meditative processes that navigate a simple complexity. Paired with large scale altered photographs she creates immersive installations that generate a dialog between viewer, material, object, and image. Captivated by the dichotomy of material desire and screen obsessed culture, she explores methods of “making without making” using the interface of computer technology and photography to form digital collages increasing scale without the physical consequence. Her imagery and object making resemble luxurious detritus, taking on the forms of piles, mixing common materials with free-formed glass components.
Accompanying her work in sculpture and installation, she is the designer and fabricator for Emily McBride Glass, crafting curious glass objects for the home. With a collection of minimalist tableware and decor, she creates purposeful glass objects that inspire desire to touch, use, and hold, while bringing light and color into the home.
Residing in Minneapolis, MN. McBride earned her MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 and her BFA with a focus in Glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University 2009. In 2022, McBride was named one of ten artists in the nation for the Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council and was invited as a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and a Craftsperson-in-residence at Pilchuck Glass School. She participated in CLEARCUT at the Rejmyre Art Lab in Sweden, the Regis Center for Art’s Emerging Artist Exhibition Program at the University of Minnesota, and the 5x5 Summer Studio Sessions at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Recently, McBride was announced as a finalist for the Lydon Emerging Artist Award from Contemporary Craft.