Emily Elisa Halpern’s work reflects a disjointed sense of unease in an unpredictable world. Whether through assemblage or paintings, Halpern has used art as a vehicle to most often express anguish. Throughout her artistic career, she has addressed the current contemporary environment and melded it with her own experiences. Through her painting and assemblages, she addresses issues such as racism and police brutality, suicide, domestic abuse, sweatshops, oil spills, addiction, climate change and being in quarantine due to Covid. The serious nature of her content is not always specifically recognizable. However, strong undercurrents of emotion combine with murky narratives of danger and convey feelings of loss and destruction. Halpern points out the many threats to our planet and to our democracy. She aspires to create work that deepens our understanding of the ways in which certain personal meanings reflect the complex matrix of universally shared emotions.