Emily LaCour was born in New Orleans in 1990. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University then continued her studies as a fellow of the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University where she was awarded her MFA in 2014. She returned to Louisiana and is currently teaching painting and drawing at LSU.
I look for images that cross categories, such as interiors or bed spaces that read as dense and vacant landscapes, being that beds are landscapes of the body. I seek action in paint as tension filled expressions of place. I look for surfaces that preserve absence: a tangible kind of presence that engages memory, participation, and favors remembering over forgetting. I record specific spaces with video, and from them, create a new surface through actions in paint such as layering and sanding. I work with what is visually and perceptually present, but rather than a direct portrait of a space, I look for nuances that withhold and reveal the complexities of witnessing and occupying.