Emily Riggert is a native Texan and a lover of community who has found herself at home across the state in Dallas, San Antonio, Oak Cliff, and now Austin—her current home-base. Emily holds a double degree in Fine Art and Russian from Trinity University, and began her career as a teaching artist in 2011. In the studio, Emily’s ideas originate from an investigation into the way that the generative properties of growth mirror equally persistent forces of decay. This inquiry manifests itself in artworks about cell biology, and the repetitive, linear patterns found in nature. In addition, Emily also creates large-scale public artworks, designed to activate forgotten spaces and engage local community through direct participation. She is interested in the confluence of creative process between maker and viewer, educator and student, and sees her work as a teacher to be an extension of her own artwork.