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feature exhibition

December 1st - 31st, 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1st from 5pm - 9pm

Arch Enemy Arts presents WATERS RISING, a new body of work by local artist Emily White, who captures–with flawless precision and a touch of wry humor–the urgency facing wildlife today. White’s approach to wildlife painting, though strikingly naturalistic, transcends mere representation. She aims to evoke a deeper understanding of the fleeting beauty and profound loss of environmental degradation.  


“There is the unifying thread of water throughout my work in this series, and WATERS RISING can refer to rising tensions,” White explains. “If we don’t change our actions, it will continue to rise until parts of the United States, and the world, will be underwater.”


Yet within these concerning and razor-sharp depictions, the artist gives voice to animal plight by adding a keen sense of irony. Her polar bear is stranded alone, not on an iceberg but balancing an ocean buoy. Her orcas have truly become “killer whales,” banding together to sink a sailing ship. And her jaguar sits unphased atop a sunken car. 


“Animals’ and humans’ lives are becoming more and more enmeshed,” she explains. “And dealing with this type of natural event is more comfortable for the animal than for us.” Perhaps that is how the balance of nature is eventually restored–when the havoc we’ve wreaked upends not only the animals’ lives but our own. 


Emily White graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston with a focus in sculpture. Now working in acrylic, her paintings are exhibited and collected internationally, and she has created public mural installations throughout Philadelphia. This is White’s second feature with Arch Enemy Arts since her sold out debut feature show last year.

written by Candice Musher

ADAPTATION will be on view from December 1st - 31st, 2023.
Sold works will begin to ship the week st
arting January 1st, unless other rush arrangements have been made.

Payment plan options are available on most works.

All items marked with a red dot have been sold. 

Gallery Of Images
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