We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Hoerdemann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since I was a child, I was encouraged to be creative by my parents. My Mother was a graphic designer and artist, so I grew up around her painting studio and her career as a designer. My Dad was handy and played the accordion. So it was natural for me to have paints or a hammer or a musical instrument in my hand! I played saxophone actively for fifteen years, and I ended up studying painting and photography towards my career in the arts.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My background is in painting and photography, but my main medium is analog collage. I would say my work is bold, colorful, and humorous, and explores narratives of cultural toxicity, traditional gender roles, and feminist themes, playing with feelings of nostalgia and memory. I am working on two series right now that I’m super excited about: ‘Collages on Color Kaleidoscopes’ and ‘Two In The Pink’. In the ‘Collages on Color Kaleidoscopes’, or ‘C.O.C.K.s’, combines feminine imagery from magazine cutouts, vintage porn, objects, and items from my Mother and Grandmother riffing on the practice of scrapbooking, mood boards, and graphic design layouts. ‘Two In The Pink’ pairs Pink Tax research and art auction house results to acknowledge gender biased discrimination and consumption. A lot of my experience with the art world came through museum and collection work via archives and collection management. I realized besides my artistic abilities, my obsessive organization was an asset to the creative field. It’s only been recently that I’ve gone completely freelance, focusing mostly on my studio artistic practice, in tandem with specializing in independent archive projects with an emphasis on creatives. I’ve learned that you can’t borrow more time, so learning time-management and prioritizing is one of the biggest skills one can acquire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the first places my husband and I ate when moving to LA was Ostrich Farm. Their menu and drinks were so inspiring it transformed our home cooking. We always loved going out to All’Acqua for delicious pizza and drinks, or Salazar to enjoy lunch or dinner outside with a prickly pear cocktail! Don’t forget to grab a cookie and espresso at Proof Bakery after eating lunch in the sun at Dune. But honestly, our favorite is walking to Cookbook LA, grabbing some incredible produce, mixing up some cocktails, and enjoying grilling out in our own backyard. Whenever friends come to visit, art sights are always a priority on our itinerary. I love to encourage mixing in time at The Huntington and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena along with their contemporary art picks. The spaces and grounds are beautiful, and are both enjoyable museums to view art. A great non-crowded hike is up to Mt. Wilson Observatory, which has a sweet little exhibition space and host tours. And the Downtown Gallery District is a great place to be inspired, with places like Night Gallery and Susanne Vielmetter, hosting some of the most incredible artist programs and spaces that are swoon-worthy!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Besides my parents, I think my biggest cheerleader has been my husband, musician Julian Pollack (J3PO). That might sound super corny, but being a creative couple we push each other to explore and succeed. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but having a partner that understands success is not a straight line, is there to navigate the ups and downs with you, and helping each other through each step of the way makes for a more pleasant journey. I don’t think I would be where I am creatively without his encouragement!