CWU Fine Arts alumna featured at Yakima gallery

  • November 22, 2023
  • Rune Torgersen

Central Washington University’s Fine Arts program is making an impact on the local art scene.

CWU Fine Arts alumna H.R. Emi’s work is being featured at the Oak Hollow Gallery in Yakima, according to a recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic. The exhibit, titled “Undertone,” explores Emi’s lived experiences over the course of the last two years.

“Undertone is an art exhibit about my practice from the last two years,” Emi said. “Each artwork is a singular moment/experience of my life, each very different but tells a story.”

A first-generation student, Emi discovered art as a way to showcase her perspective on the world.

“I have always been creative and enjoyed art, but I started creating more intentionally when I was 16," she said. "I am influenced by the world around me and how other artists have captured that world. I enjoy the impressionist and tonalism periods, where they held a narrative within their own surroundings."

According to her biography, “Emi’s work blends realism, iconography, and language to create her artistic vision, often representing snapshots of familiar liminal spaces that tell a portion of an interactive narrative; this artistic narrative is also influenced by the duality of her Mexican and American background. Through art, Emi has learned how to visualize the way she navigates the world, how she records her time here, and how she reflects on her own particular lens of life.”

 “Undertone” will be on display at the Oak Hollow Gallery until December 1.


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