A Look Into Studio 126

Emily Galusha

Nostalgic artist, Emily Galusha creates works that gives an insight to her family history. Her work combines antique sewing pattern paper and old enamelware plates with contemporary illustration’s of handguns. Emily reflected on where the series, Southern Stash, started, “The series of handguns have become everything from portraits to vessels for expelling emotion. The mechanical feel of the gun is most often counterbalanced with an organic element, such as botanical matter or bumblebees. The stories behind each click of the trigger give endless visual possibilities. Growing up, my great uncle in Paris, Arkansas, would let us shoot tin cans off the barbed-wire fence with his bb gun; I was a cowgirl. As an adult, my guns have become a symbol, a story-teller, a vessel that hold rounds of experience and emotion of every caliber.”

We asked her a few questions to find out more.


What is your process like?

“Depends on the day.

When it comes to the pistols, I draw/paint from life or photography. I have always loved old things and have been a collector, so it’s nice to parter my passions. Pairing up the illustrated or painted pistols with an antique of some sort is a great segway from the past to the present.”

Which artists have inspired and influenced you the most?

“Wayne Theibaud, David Lynch, Norma Galusha”

If you could arrange a studio visit with any artist, dead or alive, who would you visit and why?

“Wayne Thiebaud or Heironymous Bosch”

What did you listen to on the way to work today?

“I typically listen to something lively but, until you asked, I hadn’t realized I didn’t listen to anything today. Guess my brain was making it’s own tunes.”

What is something people don’t know about you?

“Hm … if I told, then it wouldn’t be a secret any more.”