Biographical references permeate much of Emma Amos’s oeuvre. Her formative years spent in Atlanta foreground much of her visual identity that extends across printmaking, painting, textiles, photography, and collage. Within her practice, Amos confronts challenging issues associated with politics, gender, race, and cultural history, particularly in relation to privilege and disavowal. Notions of desire also play into her work, as she investigates the Black body vis-à-vis the White body, in aesthetics and the social domain.
Painter, printmaker, and weaver, Amos’s technique incorporates her diverse training across the arts, gained through her formal art education in etching and painting in London and as a weaver and designer for Dorothy Liebes in New York, which led to her love of fabric. Amos’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, the US; New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, the US; and Newark Museum, the US.