Chinatown Soup is pleased to present Diary of Days: Part II, an exhibition of drawings, animations, and painted pottery by artist-in-residence Emma Wasielke.

Executed in black and white, this assemblage of images contained within raw canvas, frames, clay, and screens references the disposability of the xeroxed zines and punk rock ephemera the artist has been consuming and collecting since her youth. Together, they create a visual diary of everyday life that can never exist again.

Rendering and repeating GIFs illustrate Emma’s attempt to prolong and immortalize moments and relationships that were never meant to last. Inked drawings speak in conjunction with animations, indicating a yearning to connect. They open a window into her relatable world — one where young women grapple with the impermanence of their neighborhoods, friendships, love lives, and themselves.

Inspired by indie comic artists Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine, early 90s Riot Grrrl zines, and the Mission School, Emma creates art that negotiates between the temporal and permanent. She received her MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and completed a residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA. Emma lives in Brooklyn and is a current resident at Chinatown Soup on the border of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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