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Art Lab: Emily Fussner: The Shape of Light

March 14 - April 15

The Shape of Light
Emily Fussner
On View March 14 – April 15, 2018
McGuireWoods Gallery, Art Lab
Reception: Saturday, April 14 6pm – 8pm


Light is predictable; we expect the sun to rise every day, generally filling our side of the globe at a great distance until it sets again. I am fascinated by the surprising moments when the sunlight feels near, when it interrupts my mundane space and overlays a design of quickly shifting shapes. Sometimes it is a bold statement with clear edges; often a quiet fleeting presence. Tracing this light reveals how fast it moves, shifting my perspective and reminding me to be present, to treasure the momentary quiet beauty amidst the constantly changing chaos of life.

Emily Fussner approaches installation and sculpture through the lens of printmaking, papermaking, and bookmaking. Her practice is primarily site-responsive, often filling and casting cracks or tracing light and shadow. By highlighting and translating these overlooked spaces and fragile patterns, what is usually peripheral can envelop or confront us in new ways.

Fussner was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 1991, and grew up equal parts overseas and in the US. She received her BS in Printmaking from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013. Once settled in the Washington DC area, Fussner worked as the Artist Coordinator of the 2015 and 2016 annual Alchemical Vessels Exhibition and Benefit at Smith Center’s Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. She is currently a second year MFA candidate at George Mason University and has recently been awarded a 2018-2019 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship.


March 14
April 15
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9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079 United States
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