Emily Wiethorn (b.1991) is an artist and educator based in Cincinnati, OH. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BFA in Photography from Northern Kentucky University. Recently, Emily was the featured cover artist in PDNedu’s “The Fine Art Issue” (Spring 2018), a 2017 SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging winner, a 2017 Critical Mass finalist, and a 2017 Texas Photographic Society’s National Photography Award finalist. She was a graduate student presenter at the 2018 SPE National Conference in Philadelphia, PA and panelist at the MWSPE Chapter Conference in Lexington, KY. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as featured online by PDNedu, Lenscratch, Musee Magazine, and PHOTO–EMPHASIS. Through her work, she explores notions of feminine identity, societal constructs of femininity, and self-discovery. Currently, Emily teaches photography at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati.
Love You More
The relationship between a mother and a daughter is complicated. As an adult, I am relearning who my mother is, not as my mother, but as her own person filled with hopes, dreams, and worries. As children, our parents are timeless, a constant in our lives if we are lucky. Seeing my mother age is a beautiful and terrifying experience.
Coming to terms with my mother’s mortality has lead me to reconsider our relationship. In this series, I am finding what’s changed between both of us; rediscovering the complicated history we share both as mother and daughter, and the secrets that are just ours. What used to be strained, silent, and untrusting has changed into acceptance, vulnerability, and growth. Love you More, is an ongoing exploration of the openness and intimacy of our relationship as two adult women, mother and daughter, and photographer and subject.
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