By Audra Schildhouse
“Liquefied!” is an ArtPrize piece depicting a life-size girl becoming one with the water that can be found in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
“The sculpture signifies the importance of using the inherent energy found in water as a focus during meditation to become more aware of oneself, nature and the universe,” stated the artist, Emily Adelman, 36, from Hazel Park, Michigan, in an email interview with The Collegiate.
Adelman, who started making art six years ago said her favorite medium to work with is epoxy resin. “I stumbled into using epoxy resin as an artistic medium about a year and a half ago and fell in love with its versatility, so it is now my primary medium,” she stated. “I had learned that other people were using resin in 2D works, and I started wondering how I could use it in three dimensions so I started experimenting with using resin to make small sculptures and then started experimenting with different molding materials. I wanted to see how far I could push the envelope and create something with resin on a scale that no one else has seemed to do before.”
“Liquefied!” took about six months to complete, on and off. For the resin to fully cure, it takes 72 hours.
To Adelman, art meant “expression, freedom, emotion, and communication,” and her inspiration comes from people. “People who are genuine and helpful to others, I aspire to be more like those people.”
On Adelman’s entry profile, she explains how meditation is a huge part of her piece. “The goal of using water in meditation is to ‘become one with water,’ or as I like to say, become liquefied!”