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Emilie Lemakis Studio
Emilie Lemakis Studio

“Someday All of This Will Be Over” isn’t intended to
merely be a direct, transparent response to the pandemic that came to our town in March 2020, but everything that I made as an artist after that watershed moment seemed to have reset my personal clock to the beginning of a new time period.

For the last several years, starting before the pandemic began, I have passed a small group of various homeless men and women along Madison Avenue and occasionally on benches along Fifth Avenue on my way walking to and from my job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I work as a security guard. Invariably, they would set up in the evening and by 9 in the morning the evidence of their night spent there had vanished. I found their temporary bedrooms inventive, resourceful, functional, and to my eyes, beautiful. Most of the time I never saw the person sleeping inside them--which nevertheless were very personal, individual, and varied in their appearance.

As an artist, I had always had a certain fondness and predilection for using found materials in my work, and the sight of these makeshift tent-like structures greatly moved and inspired me to create the piece I am exhibiting at Pioneer Works. Modeled on their examples, I have similarly built a tent-like structure made from leftover used plastic drop cloth, recently obtained from a small demolition site inside the Metropolitan Museum. Incorporating other found materials, the letters that I sewed onto the “flag” or “banner” were cut out from my old Met uniform pants, and the sticks used in the God’s eyes are pieces of driftwood I collected from the beach and branches from Central Park I found on my way to and from work.

Underneath the “tent” I have set up three TV monitors, placed on available tables and chairs from my studio,
playing an hour-plus-long video, begun at three different times and thus playing out of sync with each other, pieced together from many short clips I shot on my iPhone in the last six years. Many of the clips were shot more recently as part of a long-term ongoing project “On Break: Random Acts of Defiance in the Workplace” I have been producing while on break during my days working at the Met. Most or all of the other clips however were never shot with the intention of producing “art” or of doing anything with them later on, but, as in the case of vernacular photography, rather merely to capture some fleeting moment or scene at the time, for perhaps the sake of better remembering it or satisfying some momentary, short-lived interest or curiosity. But once I began to go through and view them again as a whole, in some cases many years later, I slowly realized that, as fragmentary and disconnected as they were, these short bits and pieces came together to make up a portrait of my life. I wanted to “house” the resulting portrait inside a temporary, makeshift, tent-like structure to point up the temporariness and fragility of life, made all the more apparent in the last year and a half by the pandemic.
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Emilie Lemakis Studio Cardboard, ink, wood, yarn, sticks, bells
From the series,”I Profess”
2021
Cardboard, ink, wood, yarn, sticks, bells
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink and graphite on paper
AKA Miss Minus
2021
ink and graphite on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink and graphite on paper
Going Places Ace
2021
ink and graphite on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on paper
Mutation
2021
ink on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on paper
Crying Serpent 2
2020
ink on paper
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on paper
Crying Serpent 1
2020
ink on paper
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio Stick, cardboard, ink, flag poles, bells
Navigational Charm
2020
Stick, cardboard, ink, flag poles, bells
Emilie Lemakis Studio Plastic, fabric, wood
“I’m Scared”
2020
Plastic, fabric, wood
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Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic and ink on paper
The Out Door: In Memory
2018
acrylic and ink on paper
93 x 51.5
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic and ink on paper
You Better Be Dressed For Death
2019
acrylic and ink on paper
93 x 51.5
Emilie Lemakis Studio watercolor and gouache on paper
Portrait as a Spirt Eye
2018
watercolor and gouache on paper
75 x 52.5
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic and ink on paper
Self-portrait as a Fossil
2018
acrylic and ink on paper
110 x 42
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Emilie Lemakis Studio
See U Sister
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Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio
I Burn for You: The Life of Emilie Doppelgänger from Birth to Ash’s End And Beyond
2017
Emilie Lemakis Studio
I Burn for You: The Life of Emilie Doppelgänger from Birth to Ash’s End And Beyond
2017
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio canvas, plastic spoons, cardboard, paper mache, rope, dry cleaning bags, plastic flowers, acylic and spray paint
Double Drop
2017
canvas, plastic spoons, cardboard, paper mache, rope, dry cleaning bags, plastic flowers, acylic and spray paint
Emilie Lemakis Studio dry cleaning bags, mop head, paper mache, mirrors, acrylic paint
Teardrop Costume
2016
dry cleaning bags, mop head, paper mache, mirrors, acrylic paint
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic and gouache on paper
Double Helix
2016
acrylic and gouache on paper
81 x 44.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic, gouache, ink on paper
Where the Ocean Began
2016
acrylic, gouache, ink on paper
81 x 44.50 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic on paper
Home
2016
acrylic on paper
74 x 45
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic on paper
Drama Queen
2016
acrylic on paper
75 x 44.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic on paper
Jinx
2016
acrylic on paper
49 x 45 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic on paper
Mechanical Tears
2016
acrylic on paper
49 x 45 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic amd ink on paper
Left: Weapons For A Friend Right: Hearth
2016
acrylic amd ink on paper
72 x 42
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio acrylic on paper
Tear Drop Boat
2016
acrylic on paper
72 x 42 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio

Emilie Lemakis Studio  photographs can be found under "Links" on this page
I Burn For You
2015
photographs can be found under "Links" on this page

Emilie Dopppelganger, a life-size doll of myself, completes the final chapter of her life. After years of working as a subject in photos, movies, and a play, she retires in a goodbye burning fitting of her compelling and beloved spirit that unfolded before the camera. She has been liberated from her earthly bonds.
Emilie Lemakis Studio video can be found under "links" on this page
I Burn For You
2015
video can be found under "links" on this page
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink and acrylic on paper
Pink Pedal Cabaret
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink and acrylic on paper
Bell Flowers
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio  ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper
Levitating Garden
2015
ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio  ink and watercolor on paper
Gift Basket For Helen
2015
ink and watercolor on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio  ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper
Trellis
2014
ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper
109 x 52.5 x inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink and acrylic on paper
Flower Basket
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio mixed media
Cyclops custume
2014
mixed media
Emilie Lemakis Studio Video to watch video it's under "links" on this page
Faking It: A Family Portait
2014
Video to watch video it's under "links" on this page

Two homemade life-size dolls I created of myself and a friend, Emile and Nick Doppelgänger, get married, have sex, and produce a baby.Two years later the family spends a spring afternoon in Central Park, sitting under a cherry tree and miraculously fly a kite.
Emilie Lemakis Studio Video
"Now Is All You Own" Kusama Visits Kusama (performance at the David Zwirner gallery )
2014
Video

Video in process
Emilie Lemakis Studio
Trapeze Artist
2014
5 feet x 12 feet x 5 inches

"Trapeze Artist" Hand-sewn and stuffed painted canvas, Sharpie , fake fly, wooden ladder, metal leaf. The text on this bra describes the mating habits of the hanging fly. The image of a bra was inspired by a photograph I took of a real fly that had settled on the breast of another sculpture of mine. "Sexpot".
Emilie Lemakis Studio sewn, stuffed canvas, paint, fabric, sculpey, embroidery thread
Large Folk Doll
2013
sewn, stuffed canvas, paint, fabric, sculpey, embroidery thread
7 feet
Emilie Lemakis Studio
sexpot
2012

Sexpot was produced by drawing an outline with charcoal on two sheets of drop cloth, which were then hand-sewn together, trimmed, and stuffed with fiberfill and black foam. I then painted her with acrylic paint, and adorned her with earrings made from papier-mâché and metal leaf. She is over eight feet tall, and was inspired by Neolithic and ancient Greek artifacts.
Emilie Lemakis Studio
Two Large Folk Dolls
Emilie Lemakis Studio neon, wood
Ancient Altar
2012
neon, wood

This piece was inspired by the ancient greek funerary krater.
Emilie Lemakis Studio wood, paper, ink
Wall Flower
2012
wood, paper, ink
9.50 x 5 x 3 feet

Spattered and drawn ink on paper using eyedropper; cut-out blossom is affixed to wood. Stem and leaves are cut out wood, painted with ink.
Emilie Lemakis Studio video  to watch video go to "Links" on this page
Kusamarama
2012
video to watch video go to "Links" on this page
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on Paper
Bell Ringing
2011
ink on Paper
45.5 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on paper
Large Bell
2011
ink on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Ink on Papar
Bing Bong
2011
Ink on Papar
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio ink on paper
Large Mourner
2010
ink on paper
110 x 52.5 inches

The figure and details of this drawing are appropriated from an ancient Greek funerary krater that I have frequently guarded at the Met. The mourner is surrounded by controlled spills and drips indicating tears or blood.
Emilie Lemakis Studio enamel paint on wood with electrical lights, metal drains, video
Dumb Belle
2009
enamel paint on wood with electrical lights, metal drains, video
Emilie Lemakis Studio
Dumb Belle video under "Links" on this page
Emilie Lemakis Studio Painted plaster, wood, motor
Self-portrait as an infant
2011
Painted plaster, wood, motor
Emilie Lemakis Studio wood, fiberfill, fiber, painted plaster, human hair
Baby Guard Aka Uniganger
2012
wood, fiberfill, fiber, painted plaster, human hair
30 x 12 inches

Video can be seen under "links" on this page
Emilie Lemakis Studio wood, enamel paint, light bulbs, wine bottles, paint cans
Night Flower (for Robert R.)
2010
wood, enamel paint, light bulbs, wine bottles, paint cans
15 x 6 Feet

This piece is dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg, whose retrospective I guarded at the Metropolitan Museum in 2006. His combines inspired me to put my first light bulbs in my work. The “pedestal” of wine bottles and paint cans evokes alcohol’s reputation as a creative fuel.
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Detail
Emilie Lemakis Studio beer cans wire
Blanket
2013
beer cans wire
9.50 x 3 feet
Emilie Lemakis Studio
Detail of Blanket
Emilie Lemakis Studio beer caps, metal wire
Snagged
2010
beer caps, metal wire
10 x 10 feet

I was inspired to save my beer caps out of a love of folk art I have seen over the years incorporating them. Every individual beer cap
in my piece I touched relays a story of time spent drinking alone or with others.
Emilie Lemakis Studio
Detail of Snagged