Artist Emi Brener Explores Human Vulnerability and Intimacy
WHAT: Under the Skin, Exhibition by Emi Brener
WHEN: Opening Reception: Tuesday March 24th, 2020 18:00-21:00
Duration: March 24th-28th 2020, Tuesday-Saturday 14:00-19:00
WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße)

SomoS presents the exhibition Under the Skin by multidisciplinary artist Emi Brener, taking place from March 24th until March 28th, 2020. Emi Brener is a visual artist working primarily within the mediums of painting and embroidery, aiming to convey moments of human intimacy, nuance and experience. Life as a queer woman born and living in Uruguay largely influences the artist’s work, and she has always felt supported creatively by the vibrant queer community there.

Inspired by borrowed thoughts and emotions, Brener looks to expose the vulnerability of the human experience through the meshing of written language and painting, while also highlighting the way we use our bodies to interact with one another. The results are paintings that often depict fragments of the human figure, never showing the entire body and some even applying a distorted close-up viewpoint, further deepening the work’s sense of intimacy.

Her latest work is a project about human intimacy, presented through a combination of embroidery and oil paint, based on deeply emotional pieces of writing, including love letters, confessions, journals, private diaries, and suicide notes, in order to capture many aspects of human emotion, from the romantic to the dark, all of which show vulnerability, and embroidering them onto the canvas. The text is then painted over, visualizing the notion of one’s thoughts being just under the skin. The technique of painting over embroidery creates a sense of subtlety, encouraging the viewer to take a closer look and make their own personal connections to the work.

Under the Skin presents us with an intimate portrait of human vulnerability, and encourages us to look closely at the work both with our eyes and our minds.

About Emi Brener

Currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, and a Communications BFA at Facultad de Información y Comunicación, both at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, the artist has also completed a summer undergraduate residency program at the New York Academy of Art. While studying, Brener has participated in a number of group shows and had a painting admitted to the Festival Internacional de Colonia in Uruguay.