Emily Klass was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is inspired by interactions between humans and nature. Drawing inspiration from her childhood in the mountains and deserts of Utah, she creates work as a response to the memories of places from her youth and the changes that have occurred in those places over time.
Following her undergraduate studies at RISD she worked as a custom bicycle frame builder in Providence, RI. After moving to New York she began to create carved anthropomorphic sculptures from salvaged wood. There was then a shift into working two dimensionally and creating monochromatic geometric drawings where many small, repeated squares came together to compose a larger image. The shapes from the sculptures eventually found their way into her paintings as abstract bodies and landscapes. She currently works out of her studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Read my interview in Brooklyn Magazine here