Hello, I’m Emily Orzech. I am a screenprinter who lives and works in Allentown, PA.
Before Covid, I was planning to spend this summer transitioning from my current series, Family History, into a completely new project. In this recent series, I was interested in how the repetitive acts associated with caregiving and illness create a sort of muscle memory. In Turn, pictured above, I re-enacted the motions of turning someone over using a blanket, an action repeated every two hours throughout the day and night. In other prints, I piece together the space of the bedroom or hospital out of fragments of memory.
Now, in the context of Covid-19, I keep coming back to these images. I don’t know what this will mean for my next body of work.
One of the first tasks has been to set up my home studio. Our college went online in March, so I first set up everything to teach woodblock and book binding. Now I am re-configuring it for screenprint.