Studio Time Line
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line Cardboard, spray and acrylic paint, mirrors
We Are the Mirror Masks
2023, The Annual Adult School of Dance Showcase at the 92nd Street Y
Cardboard, spray and acrylic paint, mirrors

We Are the Mirror (Dance on a poem by Rumi)
Choreography by: Gloria McLean assisted by Fina, in collaborations with the entire group
Music: Takao Heisho, original score performed live, piano and percussion
Dancers: Narges Anvar, Fina, Douglas Gordin, Emilie Lemakis, Margaret Nakamura
Masks: Emilie Lemakis
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
Love Letter to the World
2023

SOMEDAY
“The Raven Came to Rest”
cardboard, acrylic paint, clocks

ALL
“Eye See All”
cardboard, acrylic paint, clock

OF
“The Crying Planet, Sun and Moon”
cardboard, acrylic paint, balloons, clock

THIS
“Every Minute of Every Hour Around We Go”
cardboard, frozen food boxes, coffee cups, pill bottle, clock parts

WILL
"Must, Shall, Will, Should, Would, Can, Could, May, Might"
cardboard, cardboard tubes, string, crumpled paper, clock

BE
"Birth Clock"
cardboard, cardboard tubes, acrylic paint, first photo ever taken of me after I was born (11:00 pm)

OVER
"The Crying Cat with Olive Branch”
cardboard, newspaper, acrylic paint
(for Valerie)

The sentence “someday all of this will be over” was the title of a site-specific work I created for Pioneer Works in 2021. It consisted of a hand-sewn banner hung from a large cone-shaped tent made from repurposed plastic drop cloth. Housing three videos playing simultaneously on three different TV monitors, the videos depicted various non-narrative fragmented moments I had collected on my smartphone over many years. The piece had to do with the pandemic and the many issues surrounding it that I was processing at the time. Notions of separation, death, and shelter all expanded in their meaning and scope for me during this unprecedented period of mandatory lockdown, which formed the basis for a new personal lexicon that I carried forward into my current unsheltered life. Like a creative clock reset to 12:00, which for 60 seconds marks either a new day beginning or the ending of one, the pandemic constituted a defining moment in time both for me and the world we live in, dividing everything before and everything after. Luckily, I found an inspired space in which to revisit this 7-word sentence. The large-face clock in the main room of the 96th Street branch of the New York Public Library has been the object of my affections for a long time and seemed like a good space in which to create a site-specific piece composed of a series of seven personalized clocks, each displaying one word from this epigram. Almost all of the materials that make up the piece were collected over a period of months and reflect a personal relationship. Many of the cardboard boxes that formed the underlying structure, which I painted over, came from my job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—as well as discarded frozen food boxes and coffee cups from my studio and balloons from previous art projects of mine. The only unpainted items in the piece are my father’s empty pill bottle and the first photo ever taken of me in the hospital moments after I was born. Over time the meaning of this phrase that spans the piece has shifted for me as we have moved further away from the pandemic. The words now embrace the war in Ukraine, and more recently, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as climate destruction and many other epidemics that are currently plaguing people in our society. Maybe these words will inspire some comfort because nothing, truly, is forever. Maybe not even time.


Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line cardboard, mop head, acrylic medium, found clock
Tick Top Tears Drop
2023
cardboard, mop head, acrylic medium, found clock
21 x 11 inches

Instillation view at the New York City Library 96th branch, January 2023
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line cardboard, mop head, acrylic medium, found clock
Tic Tock Tears Drop
2023
cardboard, mop head, acrylic medium, found clock
21 x 11 inches

Instillation view at the New York City Library 96th branch, January 2023
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line Nip bottles, wood, canvas, fabric,mop head hair, mirrors, bells, spray paint, three sticks that Beaver chewed on from New Hampshire, leaves from Central Park and weeds from Red Hood, Brooklyn
Blessings
2022
Nip bottles, wood, canvas, fabric,mop head hair, mirrors, bells, spray paint, three sticks that Beaver chewed on from New Hampshire, leaves from Central Park and weeds from Red Hood, Brooklyn
78 X 30 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line recycled uniforms, found fabric, Sharpie pen
Anthem
2022
recycled uniforms, found fabric, Sharpie pen
112 x 64
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

2022

Femmes Ensembles
BWAC
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line Cardboard, ink, wood, paint stick, rope, tassel
From the series,”I Profess”
2022
Cardboard, ink, wood, paint stick, rope, tassel
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
Met Campaign For Wage Transparency
New York Times, Saturday, March 12, 2022
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line


“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.
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line Cardboard, ink, wood, yarn, sticks, bells
From the series,”I Profess”
2021
Cardboard, ink, wood, yarn, sticks, bells
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink and graphite on paper
Going Places Ace
2021
ink and graphite on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink and graphite on paper
AKA Miss Minus
2021
ink and graphite on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line graphite
More "Studio Diaries" can be found on my Home Page
2021
graphite
9 x 12
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line graphite and watercolor
Studio Diaries
2021
graphite and watercolor
11x 15
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line graphite and watercolor
Studio Dairies
2021
graphite and watercolor
11 x15
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line graphite and watercolor
Studio Dairies
2022
graphite and watercolor
11 x15
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink on paper
Mutation
2021
ink on paper
80" x 42"
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink on paper
Crying Serpent 2
2020
ink on paper
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

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

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

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

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

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

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line 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 Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic on paper
Jinx
2016
acrylic on paper
49 x 45 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic on paper
Mechanical Tears
2016
acrylic on paper
49 x 45 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic, gouache, ink on paper
Where the Ocean Began
2016
acrylic, gouache, ink on paper
81 x 44.50 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic and gouache on paper
Double Helix
2016
acrylic and gouache on paper
81 x 44.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic on paper
Drama Queen Crybaby Spinning Epic Oceans of Tears Drowning the World in Sadness and Salt
2016
acrylic on paper
75 x 44.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic on paper
Home
2016
acrylic on paper
74 x 45
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic and watercolor on paper
Divided Souls
2016
acrylic and watercolor on paper
74 x42
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line acrylic and ink on paper
Left: Weapons For A Friend Right: Hearth
2016
acrylic and ink on paper
72 x 42
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line

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

Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line  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 Time Line 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 Time Line ink and acrylic on paper
Pink Pedal Cabaret
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink and acrylic on paper
Bell Flowers
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line  ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper
Levitating Garden
2015
ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line  ink and watercolor on paper
Gift Basket For Helen
2015
ink and watercolor on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line  ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper
Trellis
2014
ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper
109 x 52.5 x inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink and acrylic on paper
Flower Basket
2015
ink and acrylic on paper
102 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line mixed media
Cyclops custume
2014
mixed media
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line Video
"Now Is All You Own" Kusama Visits Kusama (performance at the David Zwirner gallery )
2014
Video

Video in process
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
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 Time Line
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 Time Line 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 Time Line
Two Large Folk Dolls
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line neon, wood
Ancient Altar
2012
neon, wood

This piece was inspired by the ancient greek funerary krater.
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line 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 Time Line ink on Paper
Bell Ringing
2011
ink on Paper
45.5 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line ink on paper
Large Bell
2011
ink on paper
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line Ink on Papar
Bing Bong
2011
Ink on Papar
72 x 52.5 inches
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line Painted plaster, wood, motor
Self-portrait as an infant
2011
Painted plaster, wood, motor
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line beer cans wire
Blanket
2013
beer cans wire
9.50 x 3 feet
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
Detail of Blanket
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
Detail
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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.
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line 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 Time Line
Detail of Snagged
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line
Dumb Belle video under "Links" on this page
Emilie Lemakis Studio Time Line enamel paint on wood with electrical lights, metal drains, video
Dumb Belle
2009
enamel paint on wood with electrical lights, metal drains, video