Emily was born in Seattle WA, and currently resides in Richmond, VA. Wicks received her BFA in Craft + Material Studies in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, concentrating in Ceramics and Textiles. She is the Program Coordinator at Quirk Gallery, Ceramics Instructor and Co-Founder of Hand / Thrown, a collective ceramics studio in Richmond, VA. In 2018 she was awarded a city of Richmond CultureWorks Grant to support the opening of her studio Hand / Thrown. She works in both installation and functional ceramics; making pieces that focus on the materiality of clay and fiber, the body, and ephemerality. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally; including group exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond (2018), NCECA VCUHaul in Rhode Island (2015) and Kansas City (2016), and VCUarts NASAD Accreditation Exhibition (Ceramics Representative) in Richmond (2016).
Through the materiality of clay and fiber I explore craft processes and their inherent relationship with the body. Making is an intuitive and physical action between my body and these materials. I respond to them and creates artifacts of my movements. These indexical traces simultaneously address themes of presence and absence. This trace remains evident in my vessels indicating a finger, a hand, a stroke of my movements and by mere function ask others to share their trace as well. This dichotomy of function and pure form in my practice is sustained by a connection to the body, my body.