In her practice, Emma Duehr explores material specificity, communal process, and public interaction to promote challenging dialogues. She is a project-based artist who initiates community projects which respond to current events. Her studio practice includes a range of mediums such as drawing, film, fiber, sculpture, and performance. She works with materials which are historically charged with their own language. She responds to her female identity, life experiences, history, and ideology to explore ways of benefiting future generations.
She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clarke University in 2017, where she specialized in painting, sculpture, and art history academia. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been supported by awards such as the Art and Design Gloria Weir Melgard Award, the Fine Arts Division Meneve Dunham Award, and the Walter & Kathryn Dunham Fine Art Award. Her work has been published in literary magazines and featured in local news stories. Born in Iowa, Duehr works and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is pursuing her MFA at Portland State University.