On Friday, the Bobbit Visual Arts Center presented the art of Emmeline Solomon called “Sweet Honeyed Homelands.” Solomon is an artist who works at Albion College as an assistant professor of art, as well as being the curator of the college’s print collection.
Solomon said she uses art as a means of expressing herself.
“In the same way that an author or poet uses language to explore the world, visual art is the language that I can use to speak about ideas/thoughts/feelings/etc,” Solomon stated on her website. Speaking about “Sweet Honeyed Homelands,” Solomon said, “There wasn’t a single moment or turning point where I made a conscious decision, and much as an eventual coming to terms with it.”
Solomon said two factors inspired her to name her collection “Sweet Honeyed Homelands.”
“All pieces in this show reference, in some capacity, the space between reality and an imagined Space,” her website states. “A sweet honeyed homeland is unreachable inherently because it never truly existed, so these are all works that are struggling to create meaning within the space between the real and the impossible.”
The other reason for the title?
“The second reason is much more shallow: The sound of those words strung together are pleasing to me,” said Solomon.
Solomon’s art is centered around an overarching theme of failure – the failure to access the things we want to access.
Solomon said she was inspired by “living a human life, being a person who cannot access any of those things that she wanted to access because it’s perhaps inevitably unreachable”.
Solomon said that her collection could relate to anyone and everyone “unless you have a really, really good, healthy relationship with the past, which I would argue almost nobody has because it’s far away.”
She said that “even if we think we have a great relationship with the past, there’s still an inherent removal which is frustrating in and of itself; that’s a failure even just because we cannot truly access it.”