Artist Statement

What does it mean to care for the stepped-over? To pause for the fleeting?  How does one mend and fill a gap? Or materially archive the immaterial? 

These are current questions I am exploring in my site-responsive practice that seeks the overlooked. Often filling and casting cracks in the ground with paper pulp, or tracing and capturing shapes of sunlight and shadow, I transfer the resulting objects and imagery into installations, sculptures, and artist books. By highlighting and translating overlooked spaces and fragile patterns, what is usually mundane and peripheral can envelop and confront us in new ways, inviting us to re-examine our relationship to our own daily landscape.


Emily Fussner was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and grew up equal parts overseas and in the US.  She received her BS in Printmaking from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013. Post undergrad, she worked abroad as a teaching assistant for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy, and as the Artist Coordinator for two years of the Alchemical Vessels Exhibition and Benefit at Smith Center’s Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC.  She is a third year MFA Visual Arts  candidate at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and is the recipient of a 2018-2019 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship.