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Since 2005 at the age of nine, Emily Ross has been making books, albeit not with the most orthodox techniques. Their first book showcased wrapping-papered cardboard covers unevenly stitched to printer paper. In 2015, Ross discovered the book arts community in Portland, ME and found a welcoming home within the art world. In 2016, Ross joined the Kate Chaney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Critique Group after graduating from USM and completing the book arts minor.
A mixed media artist, Ross never wanted to be a one-trick-pony, but rather a Jack-of-All-Trades. Drawing upon other passions for inspiration, including sewing, dance, and botany, Ross pushes the definition of what constitutes a book and explores the conditioned human understanding of books and their relationship to art.
Ross’ work has been exhibited across Maine in both group shows and solo exhibitions. Their largest show, “Introspective Etiology,” ran from 09/2017 through 03/2018 and included over 60 unique pieces. When not making books, Ross dances and performs, attends medieval reenactment events, and participates in an Artist Paper Doll exchange group