The Fourth Wall


Emanuela Harris Sintamarian

Embedded Contradictory Stories

July 9 - August 27

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The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Embedded Contradictory Stories, recent paintings by Bay Area artist, Emanuela Harris Sintamarian. As a Romanian immigrant to the United States, contradiction is a fundamental part of Ema's experience. Her paintings involve a profusion of images, abstract forms, and cultural references, all relating to one another in a powerful field of color. Relationship is the point. It is by engaging with the various relationships (and contradictions) in a painting that the viewer constructs their own story. "I live in and between two diametrically opposed cultures; from a once totalitarian regime to a society in which individuality and information are paramount. I often dwell upon the relationship of my identity to my displacement, and the ways I have devised to reconcile these incongruous elements... I incorporate in my visual lexicon, elements which either borrow directly from or reference Eastern European folklore, the geometric structures of Suprematism, the line possibilities of Constructivism, the aesthetic of automatisms, topographical maps, as well as anatomical and architectural diagrams. I let the visual structure of my work be fueled and reconfigured by the anti-establishment iconography of the popular culture such as graffiti marks and stenciling." Join us for a reception on July 23. Catalogs will be available.

Ema is an artist originally from Romania, but she lives and works in Oakland, CA. Her work is informed by the relationship between her identity to her sense of displacement, and the ways she has devised to reconcile those incongruous elements. Ema's work has been shown in solo and group shows at Sunny Art Center, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Constanta, Romania; Museum of Art, Arad, Romania; Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA; Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, DE; Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia; Niklas Belenius Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden; Institute of Contemporary Art, CA and Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY. She was the recipient of the Leigh Weimer Award, (2021), the Artist Award SVCreates, San Jose, CA (2020), the Golden Foundation Fellowship, Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY (2018), the Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2013), ArtShift Award (2008) and the Silicon Valley Arts Council Award (2010). She was the finalist for the Sunny Art Award (2021), and has been nominated for SECA-SFMOMA-History Art Award, SF, CA She earned her MFA in printmaking from University of Delaware and her MFA in Painting from San Jose State University. Currently is ia an Adjunct Professor at San Jose City College.