ICA Baltimore presents Imaginary Islands, an exhibition of large-scale drawings and smaller paintings created by Baltimore artist Emily Campbell. This body of work features a series of disorienting and claustrophobic environments in which fictional characters engage in bizarre actions and rituals.
Campbell’s imagery is collected from botanical illustrations, historical drawings, and appropriated ancient myths. In these dystopic scenes, new civilizations are imagined with inhabitants who participate in a range of provocative, sexual, and often humorous acts. These chaotic moments are countered by the precise and intricate lines, suggesting an elegance and order behind the depiction of irrational and inexplicable actions.
Emily Campbell is a visual artist and educator working in Baltimore. Campbell holds an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in visual arts from Mercyhurst University. She has participated in several residencies including Vermont Studio Center and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.