"I continue to work with material culture exploring universal themes of life and death and and the transition between the two, all the while continuing to use my interest in music to stimulate my process," says Iemmolo. "I maintain my specific esthetic while simultaneously pushing myself in different directions, mainly into a freer, looser place at times, including paint elements on canvas while working in my usual stream of conscious to bring to life my wake dreams."
Some pieces are inspired by specific songs, but more often they come from songs that are a sort of soundtrack of Iemmolo's life. She says her mind creates little alternate realities during everyday life and these are what she depicts in her art.
"In The Wardrobe Dept. of Last Night's Dream, I break out of my usual red, white and blue color palette, using brighter, greens and pinks, and orange while still keeping white as the base and blue as the base. In The Hay beneath you I stay within my usual more classic color palette, evoking a connection to Americana." she says. "In my last Chicago show with Aron Packer, much of my work was more structured, these pieces are softer, ( including real grass and hay) curvier and contain more chaos yet revolving around symmetry that I so admire found in architecture. I continue to create fantasy, imaginary spaces which contain bits and pieces of my pictorial memory which revolves around rhythms of life and death, that which consumes me of late, having lost my only brother this past fall."
Close-ups of The Wardrobe Dept. of Last Night's Dream by Boyd Ogle II.
"These images have been in my recurring dreams since childhood, wires and strings as connectors. Rope is very comforting and familiar to me as I grew up in a sailing family and I'm a lifelong equestrian - rope being that of the horses lead line," she says. "Metaphysically speaking, the ropes also represent the in-between stages of life, as well as both nooses to hang one’s self and lifelines to keep us from doing so."
These works announce a subtle shift in the artist's work but it also remains true to her aesthetic, imagination and understated sense of humor.
"I attempt to maintain my subtle understated sense of humor disguised in hopefully a piece that will make you question and ponder who we are, and when you look into the mirror, will it be kind enough to return you or will you be eaten alive," she says. "And if the later occurs, just remember to hold on tightly to the rope to climb back out."
We will have more on Iemmolo's next show, The Lonely Stage, at Thomas Masters Gallery. The gallery gave Iemmolo her first solo show. The show will also be a collaboration with musician/artist Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers). Part of this show will feature the performance stage AS installation. Langford will perform on Iemmolo's creation. Both artists will exhibit throughout and collaborate on a piece. The show takes place September 9, 2016.
Iemmolo will also be featured in Sheridan Road Magazine's August issue.