Emily Bodnar is Lowe Mill’s secret weapon. An unpredictable artist with a studio that the not-too-observant might pass by without recognizing the wizardry within, Emily is perpetually experimenting in every conceivable medium. Be it creating electronic noisemakers or kinetic mechanical doodads; thick, syrupy paintings or delicate, intricately cut paper art; fuzzy, Henson-stitched puppets or tiny LED-illuminated worlds – anything this artist makes is guaranteed to be as lovely as it is unexpected. She’s also a bad-a** theramin player to boot, bringing her weird tones to life in dozens of musical events throughout Lowe Mill and Flying Monkey Arts history.

Everyone should visit Emily’s studio. It’s the closest thing we have to a magic shop! Go see what she’s working on NOW in Studio¬†254 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment.

At this point in my life the biggest influence on my art is being a mom. The necessity of having to look at the world from a child’s perspective has allowed me to see many aspects of life in a different way: sometimes silly, sometimes magical, and sometimes disturbing, but always sincere. Sharing the enjoyment of art and the delight of art-making with my children has caused my work to take a sharp turn towards the non-traditional. I’ve learned to embrace and experiment with unusual mediums and materials. In addition, some of my recent work is multi-sensory, interactive, and just plain fun to play with.