We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Roan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The saying, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” is a true north star for me. The gold mine my 20’s have taught me is that self-confidence and self-actualization are direct reflections of what is present in my life. I have discovered that an immediate correlation happens between success and risk taking. In the moment, a risk may present itself as a limiting belief you move through, an investment in a venture that is illogical to others but a rush of resonance for you, or even an impulsive but necessary decision. Ultimately, it’s personal. Risk taking taught me that my intuition and desire are always holding hands. In my opinion, risk taking is a component of greatness; it will always show you where your roots are expanding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Deeply inspired by natural rhythms and symbols; metamorphosis, birth and death fuel my process. I’d like to say I’ve been an Artist since I can remember. Growing up in Michigan near swamps and forests, I would escape as a child and collect foreign objects in the wild. Frogs, salamanders, leaf skeletons, and stones were my medium. As an adult I can honestly say I am more playful in my practice than ever. That is where I find my success. How far out can an idea go before it’s unrecognizable? I’m excited about that; about those subtle cues created out of abstraction that seem to hit us somewhere less logical and more instinctive. My work is experimental and bold, while still soft and elusive. Expanding 3 dimensionally and building even larger installations for spaces and events is my next pillar.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. The constant in the development of my career is that people are people, and we all want to be seen, heard, and valued. Creating strong relationships along the way is essential. We all need each other to create powerful things.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well obviously Meow Wolf Denver now that it is open! It’s incredible to see the extreme level of collaboration and invention that went into the space.
My brother is the Pasta Chef at Barolo Grill on 6th ave. which is contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Our Grandmother’s family was from Piedmont, Italy, so it is definitely a special place for us in the city.
Wash Park is my favorite sanctuary. At night I’ve seen owls and foxes, and it has some of the most beautiful trees in Denver.
Last but not least the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout 1000% goes to my family. My Dad revealed the existential and the cosmic worlds to me at a really young age; exposing me to questions about nature and reality that I am still asking today. Whether we were watching Carl Sagan, listening to Tibetan Flute meditations, or acting ridiculous and wild, my sense of adventure and curiosity comes from him. My Mom showed me the importance of integrity and empathy when I was young; always teaching me the moral thing to do. My mother gave me my love of culture and history.
I come from a family of storytellers and artists. With relatives that stretch to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula down to my Grandfather’s Choctaw Native American roots in Mississippi, I embrace the diversity that is in my blood.
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