Emily Purdy is from Beacon, NY and draws a great deal of her inspiration from growing up in the Hudson Valley. She works across several mediums, creating illustrations, drawings, paintings, weavings, and sculptures, confronting the complex relationship that humans have with nature. Her subjects are often the flora and fauna common among yards and cities, as well as those that are endangered or disregarded around the world. By highlighting details of our lush, but commonly overlooked surroundings, Emily’s work asks people to empathize with their environment and revel in its richness.
Emily’s pieces suggest that anyone can discover and appreciate wildlife and natural forms. Even just taking a walk down a city sidewalk, there is so much to admire. The biodiversity in our world is astounding, and her art encourages others to explore what’s around us before it’s too late.