Emily Artinian makes artists' books, text based art, and audience participation works, with a focus on narrative and storytelling. Projects have considered the fiction of a range of individual authors, the relationship between author and reader, and the inexactitudes of literary translation.
She earned a BA in Russian Literature from Columbia, an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale, then apprenticed with master letterpress printer Peter Kruty and earned her MA with Distinction in artists books at Camberwell College of Art and Design. Through the early 2000s she was a Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design and at Byam Shaw at Central Saint Martins in London.
Her work, Dead Dad/Emily Next Time, was included in the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), in the collateral exhibition Krossing (see interview with Artinian for further info).
In 2011 she returned to the US and founded Street Road, an art and research project space sited in her family's real estate business and focused on exploring the intersection between art and ownership, particularly of land, building, and space.
She has been a studio artist and board member at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, in Wilmington, Delaware, and has also taught Fine Art at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design for several years.
Recent work has focused on Occupy Wall Street, the city of Wilmington, Delaware, and the complex relationships we have with material objects and ownership.
Her work is available through artists books dealers Vamp and Tramp.