Emily Babbette’s artwork was displayed in a shared gallery with her colleague in the gatov-east wing of the art galleries at csulb. Just as the name of their show would suggest, their pieces were all black and white portraits of family and friends. I really loved the way Emily incorporated, emphasized rather, the musical subculture that her subjects follow. She incorporated that into her portraits, because she believes that that is a major component of people’s personalities, as do I.
The reason why all of their pieces are black is because Emily and Romina both decided early on that their showing together was going to be on the darker and figurative side and revolve around female subjects. When asked why they chose females only, Emily responded, “because we wanted to incorporate girl power,” and smiled.
In the two photos I have displayed of Emily, she is standing in front of her three favorite portraits (one of which includes a portrait of her sister, which is the woman with the long blonde hair, she is a neuroscience major). This is Emily’s first charcoal gallery, she has only portrayed her landscape paintings in other joint galleries, and she informed art 110 students and myself that her portrait of a woman with big, fluffy blonde hair was her favorite. It was her favorite because her outfit coincided with the musical subculture she followed, which is what Emily enjoyed subtly portraying in her backgrounds.
I really enjoyed learning the process behind Emily’s portraits, which usually take up to 40 hours of work (both observational and touch ups). It was also interesting to hear that before two years ago, when Emily first dedicated herself to drawing and painting, Emily was a theatre major and that she traveled abroad to Hull in England as she attended Cal State San Marcos. Emily informed the class that art ultimately called her and she decided to stick with it.