Emily Hoxworth

Nesting Instinct
felted wool and wire
42 x 24 x 30 in.

I explore the body from a feminist perspective – probing internal experiences of sensation and desire and external experiences of movement and balance. I subvert the decorative aspect of color through compositions that are inventive and disordered. Color entices sensation, heightens emotion and attracts.

This work is influenced by dance, which I have experienced as healing; moving brings agency to our bodies. It’s also inspired by the patterns seen in nature, from spiders’ webs to the intricate spine of a leaf. In contrast to constructed societal gender norms, I explore the body as a part of nature – a force that’s beyond control or understanding – a fluid force of growth and change.

© Emily Hoxworth