Emily Brown, Portfolio of Five Prints, State I of the Friends Print Project

Emily Brown, Portfolio of Five Prints, State I of the Friends Print Project

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Etching, paper size: 15” x 11”, plate size 8.5” x 8.5”

Emily Brown has drawn and painted primarily from the natural world for most of her life. She works both outdoors and in the studio, and is an accomplished painter, print-maker, and multi-media artist. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Manhattan, Maine, Philadelphia, and Doylestown, at the James A. Michener Art Museum, and can be found in permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the MacDowell Colony, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Alliance Bernstein in Tokyo, and the U.S. Embassy, Astana, Kazakhstan. She received a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is also a faculty member at the University of the Arts.

In 2008, working in concert with Philadelphia-based printer Cindi Ettinger, Brown produced a series of five etchings she refers to as State I of the Friends Print Project. Each image is printed on slightly different paper, and inspired by a different piece of writing from the Quaker faith. Featured here, the images are as follows:

Simplicity, warm black on white paper
“Frugality is good, if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begins covetousness; the last without the first begins prodigality: Both together make an excellent temper. Happy the place where that is found.” William Penn, 1698

Non-violence, cold black on white paper
“We believe in the worth of every individual as a child of God, and that no circumstances whatsoever can justify practices intended to break bodies, minds and spirits.” FWCC, 1976 Attributed to Stephen Gallet, c 1800

Equality/Community, graphite with white on warm white paper
“We believe in the worth of every individual as a child of God, and that no circumstances whatsoever can justify practices intended to break bodies, minds and spirits.” FWCC 1976

Stewardship, graphite w/white on grey paper
“Friends are urged to speak boldly against the destruction of the world’s resources and the difficulties that destruction prepares for the future generations. Let us guard against waste and resist our extravagant consumption, which contributes to inequities and impoverishments in our own and other societies. We are aware that there is no separation between caring for the land and caring for our fellow human beings...” Faith and Practice, New England Yearly Meeting, 1985

Integrity, graphite with some white on cream paper
“There is that near you which will guide you. O wait for it and be sure you keep it.” Isaac Penington, 1678
Donated By: Emily Brown