Emma Levitt Royer is a Seattle based artist working in textile, printmaking, photography and artist books.
Royer comes from a long line of knitters and needle pointers. The women of her family, who are otherwise rocketed by energy, find a way to be still, to cultivate calmness, and to pass time with this constant binding. They take longs lines of fiber and concentrate time and attention and love into hats and mittens, sweaters and blankets that warm and protect those they hold close.
In 2013, Royer experienced the sudden death of a loved one and adopted this familial ritual to experience her grief. For 18 months, she cut apart and unraveled his clothing and then knit all of it back together, creating a tapestry from the garments that bore the memory of his space. This experience began a fascination with fiber and fabric; the meaningfulness of objects that we touch on a daily basis; and, an interest in labor as an integral component of her artwork. These interests have led to her current investigation into weaving and quilting. She sees the labor-intensive processes as a metaphor to explore the delicate, intimate and imperfect texture of our ordinary experience.