Emily Hermant’s work explores themes of communication, technology, craft, and gendered labour. The critical position guiding her practice is employing slowness as methodology to counter the speed of moving information in our rapidly changing technological landscapes. She utilizes ordinary, often discarded, materials and labour-intensive handmaking processes that originate from and make reference to textiles to generate new modes of representing the proliferation of digital connections and (mis)communication in contemporary life. Her aims are to encourage new ways of slow looking, and to explore unusual means for viewers to experience phenomena which synchronously invoke the very close/slow and the very distant/fast.
Hermant holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal) and an MFA as a Trustee Merit Scholar in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. She is the recipient of awards and grants from the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec. Hermant is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she is Associate Professor of Sculpture + Expanded Practices in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.