EMILY SANDAGATA ’s mixed-media work blurs the boundaries between painting, sculpture and textile art, incorporating found objects, natural materials, and earth-based pigments. Her densely layered paintings and sculptures investigate reoccurring themes of survival, growth, death, transformation and redemption.
Sandagata grew up in rural, northern central Massachusetts. She currently lives and maintains a studio in Lowell, Massachusetts. When she’s not working in her studio, she teacher art to pre-k through fifth grade students in Andover, MA.
Emily graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 1998 with a BFA in Textile Design/Fiber Arts. She holds a Masters of Art in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has worked as an art educator in New York, Arizona, and Massachusetts. In 2011, she received First Prize in the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 76th Regional Exhibition.
My sister and I collected bricks from a collapsed farmhouse down the street from where we grew up. We noticed many objects in the heaped piles: a child size afghan blanket, plastic Easter baskets, twin mattresses, a wood stove all laying there in the dirt, leaves and sticks.
For months, I had driven past the house as it crumbled, I couldn’t go by it without looking.
The roof slowly caved in, exposing interior bedrooms and bathrooms. Eventually the entire middle section of the home was in full collapse. All that remained upright were some teetering bricks.
I remember stopping at that house on the school bus, waiting for the children who lived there to get on and off. I always looked closely at the cracked, dull windowpanes and crawling vines, wondering what is was like on the other side.
The house became a landmark of my life, a place that I would visit again and again in my mind.