Teacher: Emmie Sherertz
Emmie Sherertz was born and raised in Northwest Alabama. She attributes her experiences with southern beautician rituals as influential in her current work. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University. Before graduate school Emmie worked at a job that exposed her to women searching for impossible beauty ideals. This experience led her to explore the notion of beauty and what influences that notion. Emmie believes we see ourselves through the lens of others and this unavoidable idea should be acknowledged. However, Emmie enjoys seeking experiences that encourage commonality.
During her time at the University of Alabama, Emmie received a Master of Arts degree. She explored many different mediums including wax, plastic, ceramic, and paint. She had the opportunity to construct large interior abstract installations. The installations, or “forms” as she calls them, were her attempt to portray commonality through the interior visceral self. After graduation, Emmie spent four years in Northern California where she was able to diversify her encounters with women of all ages and ethnicities.
Currently, Emmie lives and works in Columbus, MS where she teaches painting at the Columbus Arts Council, is an adjunct professor at the Mississippi University for Women, and teaches elementary art here at Annunciation Catholic School.
“Pablo Picasso said, and I too believe, that every child is born an artist, the problem is how to remain one once we grow up….I think of the artist in each of us as a fragile, beautiful and precious light, a creative spark inside of every person.” – Emmie Sherertz