I recently completed a new print, Waiting for a Bed. The piece is one of the last in my series Family History, and perhaps a transition into new work.
This is the finished piece. It comes from a memory of spending the night in the ER while waiting for a bed in the hospital upstairs. The diagrams on the right come from the CDC instructions for wearing PPE, something I became familiar with even before Covid. Now I think about the sever shortage of PPE and beds, as well as the need to fully isolate patients. I see revisiting this memory as both wrapping up the series and hopefully as a stepping stone to a new body of work that responds to the present moment, though I am not sure what that will look like yet.
Emily Orzech is a US based artist who works in a range of media including screenprint, lithography and cyanotype. Her work has primarily focused on urban spaces, although her most recent series is a personal meditation on caregiving and the health system. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design and her BA from Smith College. She currently lives and works in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she has a studio and teaches printmaking as an Associate Professor at Muhlenberg College. View all posts by Emily Orzech